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Another W.Va. coal miner dies on the job

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The sad news came this morning from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training:

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training (WVOMHS&T) confirms a serious incident resulting in a fatality occurred Monday evening at approximately 9:35 p.m. at Red Bone Mining Company’s Crawdad No. 1 Portal B Mine in Monongalia County.

Raymond Scott Savage, 49, of Maidsville Westover, sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a piece of rock. Mr. Savage was a section foreman operating a roof bolting machine.

Inspectors from the WVOMHS&T have begun their investigation.

Red Bone’s president is Kristopher Lilly, according to records at the Secretary of State’s Office, and the mine is listed in some publicly available information as a contractor for Jame Laurita’s MEPCO.  A man who answered the phone at Red Bone’s office this morning declined comment, but said that company may have a formal statement later today.

The state’s count is now at 5 coal miners killed on the job in 2014.  MSHA has not yet made a decision about whether it will count one of those deaths as mining-related, so MSHA will list 5 West Virginia mining deaths, once its online count is updated.

Updated: Here’s a statement from Red Bone Mining:

On November 10, 2014, at approximately 9:35 p.m., Raymond Scott Savage, 49, of Westover, West Virginia, was injured in an accident at Red Bone Mining Company’s Crawdad No. 1 Portal B Mine. Mr. Savage later died from his injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Savage’s family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Red Bone Mining Company is cooperating with investigators from the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training as the investigation into the cause of the accident continues.