WV miner injured in CM accident

A WEST Virginia underground coal worker received leg injuries Wednesday after being caught between a continuous miner and coal rib, according to state officials.

Donna Schmidt

In an interview with ILN, West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training spokeswoman Jama Jarrett said the identity was not yet known of the miner who was hurt at Ten Mile Coal’s Sycamore No. 2 operation in Harrison County, outside of Clarksburg.

While he suffered multiple fractures to both legs, his injuries are not life-threatening, she added.

State inspectors arrived Wednesday to begin their investigation.

The US Mine Safety and Health Administration did not return a request for more details by press time, so it is not known if federal inspectors ordered a 103k work stoppage for Sycamore.

Earlier this month, two other workers were injured on the job in West Virginia, one in an incident similar to Wednesday’s pinch point scenario.

US Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere told International Longwall News that a roof fall at Eastern Associated Coal’s Federal No. 2 mine resulted in an ankle and head injury to one, while the WVOMHST confirmed that another worker at the same mine that day was caught between a roof bolter and the rib. Neither office released the names or conditions of the miners from the Marion County operation, citing privacy issues.

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