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Another coal miner dies in West Virginia

Here’s the sad news from the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training:

Last night, Wednesday, July 26, July 27, 2011, at 8:44 p.m., a death on mining property was reported to the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. The death occurred at the Superior Processing Plant located in Maitland, McDowell County.

The victim, a 39-year-old male, was an employee of the Mike Dover Corporation, an independent contractor from Marion, Ill.

The name of the victim is being withheld until his next of kin is notified.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Investigators with the OMHST have been on scene since the report was received and continue to investigate today.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is listing this as a death caused by some sort of electrical accident.

UPDATED: According to MSHA, the miner was welding and was apparently electrocuted by the welding unit.

UPDATED 2: Here’s additional information from the state mine safety office:

Victim: Jason Stacey

Age: 40

Experience: 12 years

Experience at this mine: 15 months

Occupation: Foreman/Welder

Cause of accident: Unknown at this time

The preparation plant is undergoing renovation and currently does not process coal.