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Another Illinois miner killed on the job

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The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is reporting that another coal miner has been killed on the job, this one in southern Illinois. MSHA says the death occurred at M Class Mining LLC’s MC No. 1 Mine in Franklin County.

UPDATED: Here’s the preliminary information from MSHA:

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 3:20 pm, Central time,  a roof bolting machine helper was killed after receiving crushing injuries. The victim was helping tram a roof bolting machine in the travelway at the Viking Portal when he was caught between the roof bolting machine and the coal rib.

MSHA District 8 issued a 103j order (has since been modified to 103k) and an accident investigator and a field office supervisor have responded to begin an investigation.  A family liaison was also sent to the mine.

As local media are explaining (see here and here), the mine is part of the Sugar Camp Energy complex, which is part of West Virginia native Chris Cline’s coal holdings.  MSHA lists the MC No. 1 Mine’s current controller as Coalfield Transport Inc. (See also here).

This is the second death in six months at this particular mine, according to MSHA reports.