Coal producer Alpha cited in W.Va. miner's death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal mining regulators say an Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary failed to comply with safety standards, leading to the March death of a West Virginia coal miner.

According to a report from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, the company did not develop a plan to properly support mine walls and failed to conduct adequate safety examinations at the Virginia-based Alpha's Kingston No. 2 Mine near Scarbro.

Authorities said 34-year-old Jeremy Sigler of Pool was killed in March when material from the wall of the mine struck him. Had had 10 years of experience.

The Charleston Gazette reports ( ) that MSHA issued five enforcement actions to the mine operator. West Virginia mining regulators had previously cited the company and five mine managers for violations related to the incident.

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