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Miner dies in rib fall

rib fall at a US Kentucky mine kills miner

A coal miner with 12 years underground experience has died following injuries sustained in a rib fall at a US mine.

According to local media, Felix North was critically injured in an incident on May 22 accident at the Rex Coal Company mine CVB No. 1 in Cumberland, Kentucky and passed away on the 30th May.

He was reportedly operating a continuous miner and positioning the machine’s cable and water line when the rib fall occurred. He sustained severe injuries to his lower body.


Governor Matt Bevan told media “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of a Kentucky coal miner, Matt North, who was critically injured last week in an accident in Harlan County. Citizens across Kentucky stand united in support of Matt’s family, friends and the entire Southeast Kentucky community as they mourn this tragic loss.”

All mining operations were shut down and remained closed until May 28, when the Division of Mine Safety approved a rib fall action plan submitted by the mine.

It is the second mine-related death in Kentucky this year.

10 month ago two underground miners were injured in rib fall incident at a NSW mine.

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