MSHA releases preliminary report in connection with mine property death

FAIRVIEW, W.Va. — The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a preliminary report in connection with a February mining-related death in Marion County.

According to investigators, a trucking company employee working above ground at the Patriot Coal Federal No. 2 property near Fairview was killed while helping to position a low-boy trailer.

“The victim was standing in front of the trailer wheels to assist the driver. The truck driver moved the truck forward causing the wheels of the trailer to strike the victim,” the preliminary report said.

The man of the victim was not released by MSHA. The agency said its investigation is continuing.

The Federal No. 2 mine has been idled since late 2017 but there continues to be construction work on the site near the Marion-Monongalia county line.

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