FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Federal officials say a surprise inspection at an underground coal mine in Floyd County, Ky. led to the mine closing due to dozens of safety violations.
According to a news release, the Mine Safety and Health Administration sent inspectors to Rain Coal Company's No. 1 Mine on Jan. 15 after an anonymous complaint.
Immediately upon arrival, MSHA personnel secured the mine's communication system to prevent advance notice of the inspection.
Inspectors traveled from the surface to the section along three routes – the primary escapeway, where they inspected the air course and seals along the intake, the conveyor belt entry and the alternate escapeway.
Inspectors issued 54 citations and 5 orders that resulted in closure of the mine until Jan. 23.
The impact inspection was the first conducted at the mine.
On February 1, the operator placed the mine on non-producing status, according to the MSHA release.