Miner injured at West Virginia operation

A MINER has been hurt in a roof-bolting machine accident at Arch Coal’s Leer operation in northern West Virginia, officials confirm.

Donna Schmidt

The miner’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening,

A US Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman told ILN that the worker, whose name has not been released, was knocked into the bolter at the Taylor County operation near Grafton.

Leer is operated by Arch’s Tygart Valley subsidiary.

An Arch spokeswoman confirmed the injuries were minor.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the miner was flown by helicopter to Ruby Memorial,” she said.

“We are actively investigating the incident.”

Louviere added that an X-ray performed at Ruby revealed no broken bones.

This was the first reportable safety event at Leer mine in 260 days, Link said.

Leer was formally known as the Tygart Valley mine, but was renamed in April 2012 to recognize long-time executive Steven Leer, who now serves as executive chairman.

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