Coal Tattoo

Another U.S. coal miner dies on the job

Mine Explosion


Sad news today out of the coalfields of Wyoming. The Star-Tribune reports:

A worker at Bridger underground mine in southwest Wyoming died Thursday after a slab of coal fell on him.

Jaime Olivas was moving mining equipment at about 4 p.m. when the slab came loose and struck him, according to an announcement from Bridger Coal Company and Rocky Mountain Power officials.

Co-workers provided first-aid to Olivas, a mining equipment operator, and he was conscious and talking when he was brought from the mine, according to the announcement. However, he died while being taken by ambulance to a Rock Springs hospital.

That makes 13 U.S. coal-mining deaths so far this year.