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MSHA fines H&D Mining


A Harlan County coal company has been fined $60,000 for a fatal mining accident.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration assessed the fine against H&D Mining for the Dec. 30, 2005, death of miner David “Bud” Morris and the company’s No. 3 mine at Cumberland.

Morris bled to death after he was hit from behind by a mine vehicle loaded with coal.

The federal mine-safety agency acknowledged an administrative error resulted in the late fine.

The agency realized no fine had been issued in the case when The Courier-Journal in Louisville made an inquiry earlier this month.

Morris’ widow, Stella Morris, has filed a lawsuit against H&D Mining.

(A related story appears on Page B1 of this issue.)

Information from: The Courier Journal, www.courierjournal. com

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