August 18, 2010
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says it's fining a Massey Energy subsidiary more than $542,000 for violations that contributed to a fatal accident at a Wise County coal mine.
The agency said Tuesday that Big Laurel Mining wasn't following the roof control plan at its No. 2 underground mine when a massive chunk of rock fell on 58-year-old miner William Parrott. The rock was more than 26-feet long and up to five-feet thick.
The accident occurred August 20, 2009, when the mine was owned by Cumberland Resources, which Massey acquired in April.
MSHA says other violations included inadequate safety examinations of the area where the accident occurred.
A spokesman for Richmond-based Massey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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