NEW INFO: Arch Coal Cited for July Death of W.Va. Coal Miner

By: Jeremy Edwards; The Associated Press Email
By: Jeremy Edwards; The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 12/12/12 @ 4 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia officials have issued 12 violations, including four likely to carry large fines, in the July death of a Raleigh County coal miner.

Forty-three-year-old Gregory Byers was crushed between the operator's compartment of a coal scoop and a mine wall at Arch Coal's Pocahontas Mine near Eccles. He'd been charging the scoop's battery when it was struck by a second scoop.

The Associated Press says the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training determined the charging station and wall were positioned so Byers' scoop jutted into an adjoining tunnel.

State officials issued eight regular violations and four "special assessments" for violations including disturbance of evidence by company employees before the state's investigation began.

The special assessments typically carry larger fines, but the report released Thursday didn't list amounts.

RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been killed after being crushed by a piece of mining equipment in Raleigh County.

State officials say Gregory A. Byers was pinned by some mining equipment on Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at the Beckley Pocahontas Mine near Eccles.

Byers was taken to a hospital in Beckley and then transferred to CAMC in Charleston.

He later died from his injuries.

Byers was 43-years-old and from Beckley.

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