Isaac Wilkinson, a red-hat, died May 2 of last year at Midland Trail Mine No. 4 in Mingo County, according to local news outlet the Register-Herald.
His parents have named several parties as defendants, including Midland Trail Mining, Midland Trail Processing, Midland Trail Resources, West Virginia Mine Power, Midland Trail Mining and Processing, and mine foreman Rick Ellison, claiming that Wilkinson was insufficiently trained.
Specifically, the documentation said, Wilkinson was ordered to carry continuous miner cable for a unit that was turning a left-handed cross-cut. He was on the same side as the CM operator, therefore stepping into the machine’s “red zone”, or danger area, causing “timbers supporting the roof between the rib and first row of bolts [to be] knocked out or dislodged by the continuous miner in the mining process and/or, because the roof in the area was not otherwise properly supported, the roof fell in the area where Mr Wilkinson was working, causing him serious and permanent injuries.”
The newspaper said the extent of Wilkinson’s injuries were not known. No details regarding the damages sought have been made available.