West Virginia regulators this afternoon are releasing the report of their investigation into the March death of 34-year-old Jeremy Sigler at Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary Kingston Resources Inc.’s Kingston No. 2 Mine.
Readers may recall that Sigler was killed when he was struck by material from the collapse of a wall at the underground mine, one of two Kingston subsidiary operations in the Mossy area of Fayette County, W.Va.
The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training issued 44 notices of violation and one notice of special assessment (which carries more significant fines) that specifically the company’s failure to control the mine rib in the area where the death occurred. “This violates a health or safety provision or safety rule and is of a serious nature and involves a fatality,” the state report said.
State inspectors also issued five “individual personal assessments” citing Alpha mine managers for not performing adequate pre-shift safety examinations at the Kingston No. 2 Mine.
So far in 2012, two West Virginia coal miners have died in on-the-job accidents, and both were killed at Alpha operations. Last week, 57-year-old Clyde Dolin was killed at Alpha subsidiary Independence Coal’s Liberty Processing plant in Boone County. For the record, while Liberty Processing is a Massey legacy operation, the Kingston mine was part of Alpha prior to the Massey buyout.
Here’s an MSHA photo of the accident scene at the Kingston operation: