The two men trapped under rubble at an Ohio County surface mine have been identified as blasters at a company called MEMSCO, which also does business as the Mine Equipment and Mill Supply Company. MEMSCO has an office in Dawson Spring, Kentucky, but is owned by Midland Powder Company in Evansville, Indiana.

According to federal mine inspection records, the Mine Equipment and Mill Supply Company was cited by the Mine Safety and Health Administration as recently as July for a “significant and substantial” violation. The violation stemmed from the operation of the company’s loading and haulage equipment.

The company has been cited nearly 50 times in the past two years for work at other coal mines and quarries. Twenty-one of those violations were categorized as “significant and substantial” by MSHA.

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Men Trapped in Ohio County Mine Accident Identified

by Erica Peterson October 28, 2011

The Kentucky Cabinet of Energy and the Environment has released the names of two men trapped on an Ohio County surface mine. They are Darrel Winstead, a 47-year-old blaster from Madisonville, KY and 23-year-old Samuel Lindsey, a blaster helper from Mortons Gap. A cabinet spokeswoman said the two men work for a company called Memsco. […]

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