Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | September 25, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says MSHA fines Stillhouse Mining $360,000 for multiple safety violations related to death of two miners.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) fined Stillhouse Mining LLC, a Kentucky mine operator, $360,000 for multiple safety violations contributing to the deaths of two miners at Stillhouse Mining LLC’s No. 1 mine in Harlan County, Ky. on Aug. 3, 2005. Two miners died when a section of the roof fell during retreat mining.

MSHA cited Stillhouse Mining LLC for three failures to comply with the approved roof-control plan, failure to adequately support or control the roof in an area where miners worked or traveled, failure to correct known hazardous conditions or post the area with warnings and failure to provide the scoop operator with task training in the operation of mobile roof support units.  

Stillhouse Mining LLC has 30 days to appeal the fine.

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