Another miner has died on the job in an already deadly year for the coal industry.
Mechanic Jason Stevens became the 11th miner to die on the job this year when an operator found him pinned beneath a two-ton trough last week at the Deserado Mine near Rangely, Colorado. Authorities say Stevens, 32, was working alone and failed to report at the end of his shift, sending co-workers out to look for him.
“The accident occurred above ground inside the coal processing building, as the worker was attempting to remove a portion of a steel beam,” said Danny Clark, the mine’s human resources manager, in a press release.
According to the U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration, inspectors have cited the Deserado Mine in more than 160 violations – 22 have been issued since July. Blue Mountain Energy Co., which operates the facility, still owes more than $12,000 in penalties.
While this fatality is the first at Deserado in more than 20 years, it is the third accident at this production facility this year. There has been a disturbing uptick in coal mining fatalities this year.
While investigators await the results of an autopsy, federal inspectors are investigating the incident. Read more information about this tragic accident in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, which originally broke the story on Friday.
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