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Miner who died after being trapped identified, was new employee

'Emergency Operation' at chemical lime plant in Giles County, VA
'Emergency Operation' at chemical lime plant in Giles County, VA(WVVA)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 10:50 PM EDT
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GILES COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The man who died in Monday’s emergency at the Lime Plant mine in Giles County had been working for Lhoist for nine weeks, according to the Virginia Department of Energy.

Stuart R. Moore, 50 of Oak Hill, WV, died at the scene, according to the Virginia Department of Energy.

The last death within the Virginia Mineral Mining Industry was in 2018.

Interviews are complete at the site, according to investigators. A drone will be taken underground to collect Lidar data to learn more about the movement of material in the mine, and assist in finding any remaining potential hazards or unstable material.

The entrapment occurred within Level 7 of the mine. Operations will resume when the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and Virginia Department of Energy give their approval.

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