NEW INFO: W.Va. Mine Reopening after 2 Fatal Accidents

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

UPDATE 3/6/13 @ 1:45 p.m.
SOPHIA, W.Va. (AP) - United Coal Co. says it's resuming production at the southern West Virginia coal mine where two men died within two weeks of each other.

Corporate counsel Jennifer Guthrie said Wednesday that state and federal officials have given their approval to restart the Affinity mine near Sophia. Tennessee-based United is the parent of Pocahontas Coal.

Edward Finney of Bluefield, Va., died Feb. 7 when he was pinned under a hoist he'd been moving trash into. Hoists are used to move miners, equipment and supplies between the surface and the underground operation.

John Myles of Hilltop was crushed by a scoop Feb. 19.

Guthrie says that the first day back for each employee is being devoted to task retraining.

Management says it's also reviewing safety protocols and maintaining close contact with workers.



UPDATE 2/8/13 @ 1:15 p.m.
RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The name of the man killed at a Raleigh County mine has been released.

According to Public Information Specialist Leslie Fitzwater, Edward L. Finney, 43, of Bluefield, Va., was during on Thursday.

The accident happened at the Pocahontas Coal Company LLC Affinity Mine in Raleigh County about 9:20 p.m.

MSHA said Finney was using a scoop bucket to put trash on a hoist. The hoist moved, picked up the scoop bucket and crushed the worker.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/8/13
RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A worker is dead after an accident at a mine in Raleigh County.

The accident happened about 9:20 p.m. Thursday at Affinity Mine, which is owned by Pocahontas Coal Company.

MSHA says the worker was using a scoop bucket to put trash on a hoist. The hoist moved, picked up the scoop bucket and crushed the worker.

The name of the worker has not been released.

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