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Lincoln Coal Mine Shows Pattern of Serious Violations

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A mine in Lincoln County has been put on notice of a pattern of violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today that Coal River Mining LLC’s Fork Creek No. 1 Mine is a pattern violator.

A POV notice, one of the agency’s toughest enforcement actions, is reserved for the mines that pose the greatest risk to the safety of miners.

An MSHA audit revealed that the mine operator failed to report miner injuries equivalent to 239 days of lost time during the review period.

According to a release MSHA cited 158 significant and substantial, commonly referred to as S and S, violations at Fork Creek No. 1 from September last year to the end of August this year.

The S and S violations include 14 roof and rib hazards, 21 ventilation hazards and 21 for explosion hazards.

During the review period, the mine ranked fifth in the nation (tying with one other operation) in elevated citations and withdrawal orders with 24 issuances.

On Oct. 24, 2013, MSHA issued the first three POV notices under its revised rule that went into effect in March.


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