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Massey Fined $4,456 For Violations Tied To Fatal Accident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Massey Energy has been fined nearly
$4,500 for safety violations the state says contributed to a fatal
accident at a West Virginia coal mine.

Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training inspectors found
the violations while investigating the Dec. 4 accident at Massey's
Stockton mine in Kanawha County.

Miner David Neal fell about 39 feet when a conveyer belt started
unexpectedly while he was making repairs. The 57-year-old Dixie
resident died 10 days later.

Massey was fined $1,700 because the electricity wasn't turned
off and the belt wasn't locked. Separate $1,250 fines cover a
broken startup alarm and failure to provide a safety harness.
Massey also was fined $256 because a power supply switch was
broken.

Massey didn't immediately return a call Tuesday.


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