Death At An Eastern Kentucky Coal Mine

An eastern Kentucky man dies on his first day on the job at a strip mining site in Perry County.

MSHA and the Department of Mines and Minerals are handling the investigation.

The Perry County Coroner was called to the site off of Kentucky 699 in Leatherwood around 2:00pm Wednesday afternoon.

We're told the site on Deep Hole Branch and is owned by AME Coal Company.

The coroner says the man was operating a bulldozer when it went over a 100 foot embankment.

Officials are waiting to contact his family before releasing the victim's name.

His body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

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  • by dozerdudeD10R Location: jenkins on Oct 24, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    Accidents will happen even with the best of safety regulations. I myself operate a dozer on a strip mine and alot of times I am in spots where you absolutely have to watch ever move you make or it will be me who is not going home that day. Concerning a berm, most dozers will simply climb a berm and keep right on going. Alot of time when I am working on a drill bench I have no berm to protect me, it is up to me to put one up to protect other workers who will be working after I leave. The company I work for stresses safety at all cost, and most of the men I work with follow those rules, but still accidents will happen. Dozers are placed in dangerous situations more then any other peice of equipment, and even in the best of circumstances an operator has to constantly be aware of his surroundings. My heart goes out to this mans family and loved ones.
  • by Claudia Cole Location: Lexington, Ky on Oct 24, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family BJ. I know all too well what you are experiencing right now. If you ever need a shoulder, I'm always here. May God Bless!
  • by BC Location: somewhere in KY on Oct 24, 2008 at 03:04 PM
    My prayers are with the Blevins family. My husband operates a bulldozer on a strip job and he has been doing reclaiming which I have been told is very dangerous work. I watch him leave for work every evening and ask myself if that's the last time I'll see him. I pray that God will give comfort and peace to this family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • by karen Location: kentucky on Oct 24, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    Bless this family...wonder if this was like the rock truck driver at another EKY mine, working with no berm?? companies lack of safety regulation inforcement should have to answer to these issues.. hope MSHA does it's job..
  • by Michelle & Mark Blanton Location: Mansfield, Ohio on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    BJ and family, We are so sorry to here about Rocky. I went to school with Rocky from grade school thru high school and always liked him alot. He was always the same person no matter where you saw him. May God bless you and your family and give you strength to get through this difficult time. Bj you will be in my prayers! Mark & Michelle McDowell Blanton
  • by Shiro Location: Floyd County on Oct 24, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    Bless this family,our prays are with you.Always hug,kiss and tell your loved one that you love them,before they leave.You never know when it will be the last time.God Bless You
  • by DJ on Oct 24, 2008 at 03:37 AM
    I worked for 4 years with him,although we havent worked together for some time,I WILL MISS HIM DEARLY.His family will be in our prayers
  • by Beth Location: Perry county on Oct 23, 2008 at 10:12 PM
    iam so sorry to hear this my respects is for the family i have a husband and father in the mines and i couldnt imagine.
  • by Joni Location: Cumberland, KY on Oct 23, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    Your truly loved and missed Rocky... Your in a better place now!... God rest your soul!...
  • by Jody Location: KY on Oct 23, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    Many thanks for your prayers and thought though this difficult time. He was a experience operator. Just trying to support his family. We all take for granted that when we go to work in the morning that we will come home. But we found out yesterday that not what always happens. Again thanks for your comments and prayer The Family of Rodney Blevins.
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