Coal Tattoo

First coal-mining death of 2015 reported

Mine Explosion

The sad news came from the coalfields of Pennsylvania:

A Somerset County man died in a coal mining accident at Brubaker Mine in Hooversville, the first such death in the country this year.

Rick Kline, 43, of Central City was trapped between the continuous mining machine he was operating and a rib of the mine about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from LCT Energy, the company operating the mine.

MSHA’s preliminary report is available here.