Man hurt in Greene County mine accident
A coal miner was crushed below the waist on Monday at a Consol Energy Inc. mine in Greene County.
The unidentified 35-year-old man was in stable condition by afternoon with injuries that are not life-threatening, officials said.
He suffered a fractured pelvis and internal bleeding, but earlier reports that he had other injuries were incorrect, said Susan Bealko, safety director at GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance, the contractor that employed the man.
The accident happened at 3:30 a.m. in the Bailey Mine Complex near a portal in Richhill, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. An empty platform for rock dust slipped off its supply car, crushing the miner, department spokesman John Poister said.
Medics flew him to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The miner arrived at 6:04 a.m. and went into surgery to stop the bleeding, Poister said. The first report from the scene indicated he had other internal injuries, but that was before the hospital evaluation, Poister said.
The agency and the Mine Safety and Health Administration are working with both companies to investigate, officials said.
Cecil-based Consol did not have to stop operations because the accident happened in an idle part of the mine, spokeswoman Lynn Seay said.
The victim was on a five-man crew of three GMS workers and two Consol employees, Poister said.
Timothy Puko is a Trib Total Media staff writer. He can be reached at 412-320-7991 or [email protected].