Officials say Claiborne Co. mine is responsible for miner's deat

Officials say Claiborne Co. mine operator is responsible for miner's death

The mine is operated by Kopper Glo Fuel, Inc. The mine is operated by Kopper Glo Fuel, Inc.

CLAIRFIELD (WATE) - Federal mining officials said the operator of a Claiborne County mine is responsible for an accident last year which left one miner dead.

The accident happened in September when the ceiling collapsed onto 32-year-old coal miner Jeremy Perkins.

At the time, officials believed negligence on behalf of the mine operator Kipper Glo Fuel was not a factor.

The report out this week on what happened contradicts those earlier assessments.

Mining officials concluded: "This accident occurred as a result of the mine operator failing to ensure that miners were complying with the requirements of federal regulations, and the related provisions of the approved roof control plan. The victim, who had not been properly task trained, was operating the continuous mining machine while located inby permanent roof support when the fall occurred, resulting in fatal injuries."

Four citations were issued. One for not contacting the mining officials immediately, the other three deal directly with the accident.

Penalties against the operator have not yet been announced.

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