Explosives Contractor Fined

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The operator of a southeastern Kanawha County coal mine and an explosives contractor are facing more than $100,000 in fines for a blasting accident last month.

The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training cited Catenary Coal and explosives contractor Nelson Brothers for failing to report the February Tenth accident within 15 minutes.

The 15-minute requirement was adopted by the state after delays reporting the January 2006 Sago Mine explosion.

An accident report says the agency learned about the accident at Catenary's Samples Mine two days after it happened.

Agency director Ron Wooten says the fines haven't been assessed.

The companies also received citations for allegedly having unregistered contractors working at the mine and improperly transporting explosives.

Catenary also was cited for allegedly failing to give employees protective gear.

One man was injured in the accident and the report says numerous employees suffered nosebleeds and breathing problems from exposure to explosives in unexploded ordinance that turned up in coal at the mine's prep plant.

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