Consol cited for management deficiencies in fatal roof fall

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An investigation report by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration cited Consol Energy for a series of management deficiencies related to a fatal accident caused by a roof fall at Consol Energy's Blacksville No. 2 mine in September.

MSHA issued an order and seven citations to Cecil-based Consol in a 10-page report that concluded that the accident was caused by a failure to install additional roof support before load-bearing roof supports were removed and that management failed to properly examine, supervise or train the mine workers who were performing the work. MSHA released the report yesterday. A company representative said the issue of whether Consol will be fined is still being determined.

One miner, William Mock, 61, was struck and killed by an 11-foot-long, 5-foot-wide, 3,000 pound rock that fell from the roof of the mine. A co-worker, Doug Ice Jr., was not injured.

The Blacksville No. 2 mine, is a large full-extraction coal mine that employs 650 workers and stretches from Greene County, Pennsylvania, under the state line into Monongalia County, West Virginia. In 2011, it produced 4.3 million tons of coal. A mine fire that started on March 12 and burned for two weeks, has idled the mine.

Consol said the matter is under review, and declined further comment.

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Don Hopey: dhopey@post-gazette.com


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