In another U.S. mining disaster, two miners were killed when a roof collapsed in a large underground coal mine in western Kentucky. A section of roof gave way some 500 feet underground in the Webster County Coal Dotiki Mine. The two miners were operating what’s known as a continuous miner, a toothy machine that digs coal for transport to the surface. At least two other miners escaped after a rock fall in the mine near Providence, about 150 miles west of Louisville. The mine is operated by Alliance Coal Co. The Dotiki Mine employs more than 300 miners. The mine is owned by Alliance Resource Partners, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company’s website says it purchased the mine in 1971 and produces high-sulfur coal there. The company primarily sells coal to electric utilities. It reported 3,090 full-time employees, $1.1 billion in assets and $1.2 billion in total revenues at the end of 2009.
Kentucky has had one miner killed this year in a roof fall at a mine in southeastern Kentucky. The state’s worst mine disaster in recent years occurred four years ago when five miners died in Darby Mine No. 1 in Harlan County. Two of the miners were killed immediately in the May 20, 2006 blast. Three others died of carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to escape. Kentucky led the nation in mining deaths last year with six in coal mines and one in a limestone quarry.
Source: Insurance Journal
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