September 18, 2008

MSHA Criticizes ICG Subsidiary in Fatal Mining Accident

Federal investigators concluded that an International Coal Group subsidiary lacked safeguards at a West Virginia mine where a miner was killed last May, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Despite the criticism over the death of miner Adam Lanham, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration did not cite ICG's Wolf Run Mining over the May 30 accident, according to the report. Typically, faults uncovered during a fatal accident investigation can result in a contributing violation and fine.

Lanham, an 18-year-old employee of a contractor, was run over by a piece of heavy equipment that was hauling gravel to patch underground roads at ICG's Sentinel Mine. While the report says Lanham was in an unsafe location, it blames a lack of written policies, procedures and guidelines to make sure people stayed clear of moving equipment at the Barbour County mine.

- The Associated Press

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