Coal Mine Injury and Death Archives

Worker Killed at Preston County Mine Reclamation Site | Robinette Legal Group PLLC

KINGWOOD, WV: - A contract worker helping in the installation of a water treatment system at the former Decondor Coal Mine site in Preston County died on the job Tuesday when a ditch at a mine reclamation site caved in on him.  This 38-year-old man was employed by Breakaway Inc. out of Sutton, West Virginia in Braxton County. When a mining permit for this location property off Sacks Run Road near [...]

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Morgantown, WV Personal Injury Attorney Jeff Robinette Named 2021 Super Lawyer

Morgantown, West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Jeffery Robinette has been selected from 2014-2021 as a Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff. Super Lawyers is a service that rates outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Robinette Legal Group, PLLC in Morgantown, West Virginia is pleased to announce that Jeffery L. Robinette has been selected as a 2017 Super Lawyer for the category [...]

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WV Coal Miner Death at Mepco 4 West Mine Operated by Dana Mining Co.

Despite strong MSHA regulations, coal mining continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Every year, miners are injured or killed because the coal operators continue to circumvent or violate safety laws for the protection of the miners. Even with more exacting laws requiring miner safety, mining deaths continue because coal companies are still more motivated to make larger profits than to provide better safety for coal miners. [...]

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Miner Killed in Coal Mine Accident Near Morgantown WV

West Virginia coal miners are among the hardest working professionals in America. Despite strong MSHA regulations, coal mining continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va. - A 49 year old Maidsville coal miner suffered a fatal injury on Monday night when he was operating a roof bolting machine and was struck by a rock at Red Bone Mining's Crawdad No 1 in Monongalia County near Route 100. State inspectors were [...]

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Is Rampant Drug use Causing Mine Safety Violations to Rise?

Is drug use causing mine safety violations to rise? In the second year of the new drug testing program, WV state mine safety officials have pulled the certification of 555 coal miners for drug, substance, and alcohol abuse since January of last year, averaging more than one a day. The numbers may actually be higher since union miners have an opportunity to go through an arbitration process prior to suspension. [...]

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Fatal Coal Truck Accident

Truck Roll-over Crash on I-79 A coal truck driver was killed early Monday morning, September 8th, 2014, in an accident on Interstate 79 in Harrison County.  The truck wreck occurred between the Lost Creek and Stonewood exits.  The truck was owned by the Nuzum Trucking Company of Shinnston, WV.  The truck was travelling south on I-79 when it ran off the side of the interstate, veered back to the opposite side, ran into the [...]

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New Regulations Mandate Proximity Detectors for Continuous Mining Machines

Recent tragic mining fatalities in West Virginia have spurred the finalization of new regulations governing the use of proximity detection sensors for continuous mining machines. In the course of their workday, miners face potential of pinning, crushing, or striking hazards associated with working close to continuous mining machines. Proximity detection technology can help to prevent these types of accidents. In February 2015, a lawsuit was filed by an Ohio man who [...]

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