TribLIVE

| Business


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Gov. calls for safety stand-down at West Virginia mines

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 3:03 p.m.
 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking coal companies to halt production for an hour to review safety procedures following the state's fourth mining fatality in two weeks and the sixth since November.

Tomblin signed an executive order urging mine operators to hold safety talks with employees over the next 24 hours, starting Wednesday afternoon. Inspectors and mine safety officials plan to visit about 500 mines.

In April 2010, an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 men and former Gov. Joe Manchin ordered a similar temporary stop in production. He also ordered one in 2006.

The request came after a worker was struck by a scoop Tuesday night and died of his injuries. The death at Pocahontas Coal Co.'s Affinity mine near Sophia was its second this month. The mine faces several safety violations.<

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. Natural gas industry buys share of Super Bowl spotlight
  2. Wall Street closes January on down note; Dow sheds 251 points
  3. Consol Energy posts $74M profit in fourth quarter
  4. PPG submits offer for French sealants, adhesives business unit
  5. Obama seeks $215M for precision medicine initiative
  6. Kennametal plans plant closings, job cuts in fallout from oil and gas decline
  7. Trib 30 stocks drop to four-month low
  8. BNY Mellon expands  role for treasury exec
  9. Energy companies vie for experienced workers with skills in high demand
  10. Subaru BRZ still needs upgrades
  11. Energy-saving tactics pay off in Green Workplace Challenge