Associated Press Published

Regulators Cite 2 W.Va. Companies in Fatal Mine Accidents


Two companies have been cited by West Virginia regulators in separate fatal mine accidents.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training issued two citations to Rogers Petroleum Services Inc. and eight citations to Murray Energy.

A Rogers Petroleum employee, 52-year-old Von Bower, was killed earlier this year when his truck overturned at a surface mine in Raleigh County.

Forty-five-year-old John M. “Mike” Garloch of Neffs, Ohio, was killed and three other workers were injured earlier this year in a roof and rib fall at Murray Energy’s Marshall County mine near Cameron.

State inspectors briefed the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety on reports on their investigations of the accidents on Wednesday.

The companies told the newspaper that they are reviewing the reports.