mine accident

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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Two Men Trapped at Ohio County Surface Mine

by Erica Peterson October 28, 2011

Two men are trapped in their vehicle on an Ohio County surface coal mine site. The accident happened early this morning when a mine highwall caved in, burying the one-ton flatbed truck in rubble and trapping the men inside. Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson is leading the rescue operation from the scene. “Basically we’re having […]

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UPDATE: Rescue Underway At Western Kentucky Mine

by Rick Howlett April 29, 2010

A rescue effort continued this morning at a western Kentucky underground mine where two miners are trapped following a ceiling collapse. The accident occurred late Wednesday or early Thursday at the Dotiki mine near Providence. A United Mine Workers Union representative tells the Associated Press that the western Kentucky mine is a large operation that employs more […]

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