MSHA Fines Massey Unit $180K For Accident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Massey Energy subsidiary has been
fined $180,000 for three violations that federal investigators say
contributed to an injury accident at a West Virginia coal mine last
February.

Mine Safety and Health Administration director Richard Stickler
says in a statement Wednesday that Massey's Highland Mining ignored
cracked and loose rock above a haul road and did nothing to protect
truck drivers at the Freeze Fork Surface Mine in Logan County.

MSHA says a driver suffered head and neck injuries when a
section of highwall collapsed, partially burying his truck.

Spokesman Jeff Gillenwater says Massey disagrees with Stickler
and will contest the fine. He says the injured miner was checked at
a hospital but didn't miss any work.

The Richmond, Va.-based company is the nation's fourth-largest
coal producer by revenue and operates mines in West Virginia,
Kentucky and Virginia.


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