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MSHA cites Eolia mine after investigation into cause of worker’s death

Federal mine safety offi- cials have cited a coal company for violations related to the death of a worker.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration cited the Hubble Mining Company LLC Mine No. 9 at Eolia in Letcher County in relation to a modification made to a personnel carrier and allowing it to be used in a dangerous way.

The accident on Nov. 7 killed mine foreman, 47-year-old Jerry E. Britton of Pound, Va., who suffered severe head injuries when the carrier lurched forward and pinned him against the side of a mine.

According to MSHA’s report, the carrier is made to transport miners, but workers were using it to haul wooden blocks at the time of the accident. In addition, the report said a safety feature on the device had been modified. (AP)

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