Miner Killed At Huff Creek Mine

A miner was killed today in a rib roll at Lone Mountain Processing’s Huff Creek Mine in Harlan County, Ky.

It’s the second rib roll fatality at the mine since an Aug. 6, 2013, rib roll (coal/rock outburst) killed 56 year-old miner Lenny Gilliam, who suffered fatal blunt force injuries to his head, chest, and legs, and injured a mobile bridge operator who suffered multiple blunt trauma injuries involving the chest, right arm, and back.

The mine has been cited 33 times for roof control and roof plan violations since the fatal accident. Most recently the mine was cited Feb. 22, 2016 for violations under 75.220(a), for allegedly failing to develop and follow a roof control plan, approved by the District Manager, that is suitable to the prevailing geological conditions, and the mining system to be used at the mine.

Below are the roof control and roof plan violations cited by MSHA since the fatal accident in 2013.

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Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375775 000384055 11/21/2014 7/19/2015 104(a) 11/21/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 460.00 Closed 460.00 460.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375137 000369456 6/14/2014 1/28/2015 104(a) 6/14/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 585.00 Closed 585.00 585.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375772 000381261 11/4/2014 6/18/2015 104(a) 12/1/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 585.00 Closed 585.00 585.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8322132 11/23/2015 104(a) 11/24/2015 C Y 75.202(a) Not Assessed Yet
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8321702 000391699 2/3/2015 10/18/2015 104(a) 2/5/2015 C Y 75.202(a) 460.00 Closed 460.00 460.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8321328 000391699 2/5/2015 10/18/2015 104(a) 2/5/2015 C N 75.202(a) 100.00 Closed 100.00 100.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8387040 000369456 6/14/2014 1/28/2015 104(a) 6/14/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 392.00 Closed 392.00 392.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375779 000384055 12/1/2014 7/19/2015 104(a) 12/3/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 460.00 Closed 460.00 460.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8412133 000361428 3/19/2014 10/19/2014 104(a) 3/20/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 1,300.00 Closed 1,300.00 1,300.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8390919 000371838 6/27/2014 2/15/2015 104(a) 6/27/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 392.00 Closed 392.00 392.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8338797 000384055 11/25/2014 7/19/2015 104(a) 11/25/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 499.00 Closed 499.00 499.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375767 000381261 10/28/2014 6/18/2015 104(a) 10/28/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 687.00 Closed 687.00 687.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8392720 000356241 1/9/2014 7/22/2015 104(a) 1/13/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 392.00 Closed 392.00 392.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375136 000369456 6/14/2014 1/28/2015 104(a) 6/14/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 585.00 Closed 585.00 585.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375791 000391699 1/30/2015 10/18/2015 104(a) 2/5/2015 C Y 75.202(a) 1,795.00 Closed 1,795.00 1,795.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375138 000369456 6/14/2014 1/28/2015 104(a) 6/14/2014 C Y 75.202(a) 585.00 Closed 585.00 585.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8386695 000359230 3/19/2014 3/14/2016 104(a) 3/19/2014 C Y 75.203(a) 70,000.00 Pending Payment 50,000.00 0.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8412130 000361428 3/19/2014 10/19/2014 104(a) 3/20/2014 C Y 75.203(e)(1) 975.00 Closed 975.00 975.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8387483 000396682 10/14/2015 1/1/2016 104(a) 10/15/2015 C Y 75.209(e)(3) 224.00 Closed 224.00 224.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8409135 000345213 1/13/2014 4/16/2014 104(a) 1/15/2014 C N 75.209(f) 100.00 Closed 100.00 100.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8396359 000347962 10/9/2013 5/21/2014 104(a) 10/10/2013 C Y 75.220(a)(1) 634.00 Closed 634.00 634.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8322140 12/22/2015 104(a) 12/22/2015 C N 75.220(a)(1) Not Assessed Yet
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8322139 12/22/2015 104(a) 12/22/2015 C N 75.220(a)(1) Not Assessed Yet
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8386931 000391699 1/30/2015 10/18/2015 104(a) 1/30/2015 C Y 75.220(a)(1) 540.00 Closed 540.00 540.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375766 000381261 10/23/2014 6/18/2015 104(a) 10/28/2014 C Y 75.220(a)(1) 2,106.00 Closed 2,106.00 2,106.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8400914 2/18/2016 104(a) 2/22/2016 C Y 75.220(a)(1) Not Assessed Yet
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8400915 2/22/2016 104(a) 2/22/2016 C N 75.220(a)(1) Not Assessed Yet
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8396686 000364432 4/8/2014 11/19/2014 104(a) 4/8/2014 C N 75.220(a)(1) 100.00 Closed 100.00 100.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8412129 000364432 3/19/2014 11/19/2014 104(a) 3/19/2014 C N 75.220(a)(1) 100.00 Closed 100.00 100.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8375765 000381261 10/20/2014 6/18/2015 104(a) 10/20/2014 C Y 75.220(a)(1) 687.00 Closed 687.00 687.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8412416 000376567 9/5/2014 4/19/2015 104(a) 9/5/2014 C Y 75.220(a)(1) 392.00 Closed 392.00 392.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8338798 000384055 11/25/2014 7/19/2015 104(a) 12/3/2014 C N 75.223(a)(1) 100.00 Closed 100.00 100.00
Lone Mountain Processing Inc 8386694 000359230 3/19/2014 3/14/2016 104(a) 3/19/2014 C Y 75.223(a)(1) 70,000.00 Pending Payment 25,000.00 0.00

Bye-Bye Mr. Hall

News in from Kentucky: Convicted ex-state Rep. W. Keith Hall of Phelps, Ky., was sentenced to 7 years in prison for paying $46,000 in bribes to a state mine inspector. He reports to prison on May 18.

It’s not the first time he’s been in trouble.

The Lexington Herald Leader previously reported that Hall “twice was fined by the Legislative Ethics Commission, once for taking no-bid contracts funded by money he approved in the state budget and another time for failing to properly disclose his personal finances for six consecutive years. Prior to his election to the House, Hall was forced to resign from the Pike County school board in 1999 during a state investigation into his alleged attempts to improperly influence the awarding of school district jobs.”

Our mining industry needs upstanding operators. All anyone asks for is a level playing field, and that you play by the rules. It’s good for business and our country.

Bye-Bye Mr. Hall … and good riddance.

Vol23, Nos4 & 5

  • Accidents:
    • Worker has head caught in pallet mover at Thomasville Mine in York, Pa. (109)
    • Latest ground fall at Barrick Gold’s Turquoise Ridge traps two (111)
    • Worker breaks bones in fall from catwalk at Huber Carbonates (111)
    • Worker loses digit from encounter with block saw at Texastone (112)
    • Two Hurt as torch ignites dry coal at Marfork Processing (112)
    • Enlow Fork reports brief underground fire at battery charging station (113)
    • Two have fractures in falling-material incident at Ash Grove Cement (114)
    • Smoke injures two in fire at Sidney Coal’s No1 Prep Plant (114)
  • Budget:Incremental changes requested in MSHA FY 2017 budget proposal (115)
  • Compensation: Hecla miners entitled to limited compensation (119)
  • Discrimination: Temporary reinstatement denied where miner fired for violating LOTO120
  • Equipment Safety: Commission upholds ALJ’s dismissal of alleged “drill attendance” violation (121)
    • Fatalities:
      • Nearly 1-ton pipe rolling off truck crushes driver at Vista Sand (122)
      • Driver dies in plunge off embankment at Staker & Parson sand and gravel pit (124)
      • Slip on step of truck caused fatal head injury at Lone Stary Quarry & Mill (125)
      • Airlock doors that crushed worker at 4 West Mine were insecure (126)
    • Jurisdiction: MSHA has jurisdiction over quarry’s garage one mile from mining operation (128)
    • Pattern of Violations: Commission jacks jurisdiction to hear challenge of Affinity’s POV notice (129)
    • Review Commission Orders and ALJ Decisions (132)