James C. Justice II is in the news again today, for his purchase of the Greenbrier Sporting Club, following up on his May deal to buy The Greenbrier resort.
Probably less noticed by most of the media will be this bit of news announced by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration:Â An MSHA report that found “unwarrantable failure to comply” with federal safety regulations led to the death last August of Danny L. Jones, 38, of Bradshaw, who was a truck driver at one of Justice’s coal mines in Southern West Virginia.
That’s the truck Jones was driving in the photo above, shown where it came to rest after Jones lost control of the vehicle going down a hill on the Pumpkin Patch Haulroad near Burke Mountain, at the No. 65 Mine in Wyoming County, operated by one of Justice’s companies, Double Bonus Coal Co.
Why did Jones die? The MSHA report makes it pretty clear:
The accident occurred because the RD 686SX Mack Coal Haulage Truck had numerous mechanical defects, the seat belt was missing, and the victim was not properly trained. The victim had three days experience operating a coal haulage truck at this site.