UPDATE: MSHA report delves into death of West Virginia miner

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) - UPDATE: 06/22/19

Mine-safety regulators say a West Virginia mining death occurred because the mine operator didn't identify the place where the miner was standing as an area that should be avoided.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says the operator also didn't train miners to avoid such areas.

Media outlets report MSHA released details of Adam DeBoard's death in an investigation report.

DeBoard died in March at a Greenbrier County mine owned by South Fork Coal Company.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports MSHA cited South Fork Coal for failing to keep miners away from the area and for failing to train its miners.

The investigation report says the operator implemented "corrective actions," including an 8-hour training class for miners. It says the area where DeBoard died is now brightly painted and has warning signs, cameras and barriers.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 03/08/19

West Virginia officials say a 38-year-old coal miner has died in an accident.

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said preliminary information indicates Adam DeBoard of Craigsville died of head injuries he suffered in a fall from a highwall mine.

The fall happened shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday at the South Fork Coal Co. LLC Blue Knob Surface Mine in Greenbrier County.

DeBoard was a loader operator.

Gov. Jim Justice said he and first lady Cathy Justice were sad to hear about the death.

“West Virginia lost one of our dedicated coal miners today, and Cathy and I are deeply saddened at the news. We encourage everyone to join us in praying for the family, friends, and co-workers of Adam DeBoard of Craigsville," the governor said in a release. "Brave and courageous miners like Mr. DeBoard are heroes to us all.”

It is the first coal mining fatality in West Virginia this year and the third nationwide. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said the others occurred in Kentucky and Illinois.

The agency's inspectors are investigating.



 
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