The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released a report regarding a February 12 incident that left one man dead at the Loveridge No. 22 mine near Mannington.
According to the report, 51-year-old Glen Clutter was killed after being struck in the side of the face and forehead by a slate bar.
Clutter and another man were transporting different materials on locomotives to areas at the mine site. At one point, four of the cars de-railed. The two men evaluated the situation and decided to put the cars back on track one at a time.
They were using a slate bar to align and straighten the wheels. Somehow the car shifted three to four inches and moved the slate bar, which then struck Clutter in the head.
Clutter was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he died two days later on February 14.
MSHA reports that the accident was caused by failure to assure the supply car was secured or blocked against motion before it was lifted, failure to perform adequate task training, failure to maintain the track and failure to perform an adequate pre-shift examination.
To read the full report, click here.