Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | November 5, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says Mine Safety and Health Administration’s accident investigation report of Kentucky mining fatality is available on line.

At approximately 12:45 a.m., on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, Roy D. Sturgill, a 29-year old contract miner with 3 years of total mining experience and 4 weeks of experience at the mine was fatally injured in a powered haulage accident. The death occurred as Sturgill was dumping spoil material on the H Pit Level, of the Joe Day Branch area of the mine site.


Sturgill was driving a Caterpillar 777B rock truck when he backed over the dump point and the machine tumbled down the slope for approximately 140 feet. The large truck broke into two pieces, and came to rest with the cab of the truck facing up the slope and the bed upside down facing down the slope. The victim was ejected from the truck and sustained fatal injuries. 


The death occurred at the Blue Ridge Surface Mine, which is operated by Cumberland River Coal Company.  The surface mine is located in Letcher County, Kentucky.  The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s investigation report into Mr. Sturgill’s death is at:


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