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Miners receive serious injuries in rib fall

rib fall at a US Kentucky mine kills miner

Two underground mineworkers at a US-based Arch Coal operation received serious injuries following a rib fall at a West Virginian mine last Tuesday.

Officials say that the mineworkers received serious injuries when a “Rib rolled over trapping two miners. At the time of point-of-contact call, one miner had been extracted and the second extraction was in progress. “

Arch Coal Leer Mine

The workers, who were midnight shift mechanics working on the longwall panline according to reports.

The Men were working at the Arch Coal Leer Mine in Taylor County, West Virginia.

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Representatives from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) confirmed the rib fall incident and MSHA is currently conducting an investigation.

The latest incident comes after another US mineworker was killed in August 2019 at the Enlow Fork Mine. A 25-year-old section foreman with 6 years of mining experience, died after a section of rib fell on him. At the time of the accident, the victim was exiting the longwall face. The section of fallen rib measured 25 feet long, 3 feet thick, and 8½ feet high.

Image MSHA USA (Not actual Incident)

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