CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary has been issued safety citations in a mechanic's fatal fall at a West Virginia coal processing plant.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration cited Independence Coal Co. in the May 17 death of 57-year-old Clyde Dolin of Danville.
Dolin was preparing to use a torch to remove a steal beam above the third floor at the Liberty plant near Uneeda in Boone County. Dolin was using a ladder extension without its base.
MSHA cited the company for improper use of the ladder, failing to provide safe access to the beam and failing to require Dolin to wear a safety belt and line.
A spokesman for Virginia-based Alpha says no decision has been made on whether to appeal the citations.
Miners' Health Safety and Training spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater says Clyde Dolin died Thursday afternoon after he fell three stories at the Liberty Processing Plant in Boone County.
Dolin was a mechanic at the mine.
He had 39 years of mining experience, including 13 years at this plant.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
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