Preparations for Abandonment of Mine Leads to the Death of Two Miners
Two miners were killed on Monday, May 13th in an extremely unfortunate accident that occurred as the coal company was preparing a West Virginia mine for abandonment. The mine apparently has a long history of safety violations for which it has received many federal citations, and officials from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have initiated several actions commonly reserved for only the most serious violators. Fines levied against the mine for violations totaled more than $4.2 million dollars in 2013 and 2014 alone. Audits revealed that upwards of 35 injuries occurred at the mine yet were never reported to federal agencies.
This particular accident took place as the men were conducting retreat operations, which involved the removal of pillars previously used to prevent the roof from collapsing, so as to cause an intentional collapse in a section of the mine that is being abandoned. The collapse resulted in what is known as a "coal outburst" and is reported as the direct cause of the two fatalities.
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