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Another coal miner dies on the job

Mine Explosion

The bad news today comes from the coalfields of Kentucky, where, according to local media accounts:

A 31-year-old Tennessee man has died in a mining accident in southeastern Kentucky.

Justin M. Mize of Harrogate, Tennessee, died after an accident at the Tinsley Branch Mine in Bell County just after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday according to a news release from the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety.

According to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration:

A miner was injured on Tuesday, Oct. 7., at approximately 5:50 pm after entering a highwall mining machine hole that collapsed on him. The victim was not breathing when rescued, but was revived by ambulance workers and transported to a local hospital where he was treated initially. He was being flown to a larger medical facility when he died.

MSHA said the incident occurred at Commonwealth Mining LLC’s Tinsley Branch HWM61 operation, which is controlled by Cox Enterprises/L C Management. Updated: MSHA has posted its preliminary report here.

This is the 12th coal-mining death so far in 2014.