Worker injured in surface incident

STATE mining officials have confirmed a machinery accident in West Virginia late last week that left one worker with non life-threatening injuries.
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Donna Schmidt

State Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training spokesperson Leslie Fitzwater said an unidentified male miner was working at Dana Mining’s Prime No. 1 operation in Maidsville, near Morgantown, when he was struck outside the mine by a piece of equipment.

According to the Associated Press, the worker was caught between two pieces of equipment, a roof bolter and a scoop, that were being moved as he was on break on the surface. He was struck in the hips and complained of hip pain.

“He was taken to the hospital to be checked out,” Fitzwater told ILN, but declined to name or provide further details of his condition Monday.

A state investigation team is now onsite at the complex.

A spokesperson for the US Mine Safety and Health Administration did not return an ILN request for comment by press time.

According to federal data, Prime No. 1 has recorded six other injury incidents so far in 2011, including two that resulted in lost time.

Dana Mining is an arm of Mepco and controlled by GenPower Holdings, according to MSHA records.

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