UPDATE: MSHA releases name of victim, accident report on Feb. 27 incident at Federal No. 2 Mine

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UPDATE (3/17/2020 2:36 p.m.):

FAIRVIEW, W.Va. — The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released its preliminary accident report on an incident which occurred on Feb. 27 at the Federal No. 2 Mine in Fairview.

According to the report, the victim of the incident has been identified as James Campbell, 50, who was a contractor with Country Roads Transport LLC.

Campbell’s body was taken to Charleston for an autopsy and an investigation into the incident is being handled by MSHA’s Morgantown WV Field Office.

A copy of the accident report can be found here.


ORIGINAL (3/16/2020 11:20 a.m.):

FAIRVIEW, W.Va. — A death that resulted from an incident on Thursday, February 27 at the Federal No. 2 Mine in Fairview has been confirmed by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

According to officials with MSHA, the accident occurred at the Federal No. 2 Mine in Fairview when a trucking company employee died while helping to position a low-boy trailer.

In a fatality alert posted by the MSHA, it specified that the employee was standing in front of the trailer’s wheels to assist the driver, and the driver moved the truck forward, which caused the vehicle’s wheels to strike the employee.

The Federal No. 2 Mine is currently closed and MSHA’s jurisdiction usually covers active mines, but whenever an incident occurs at any mine site, MSHA is alerted and begins a preliminary investigation into it, according to MSHA officials.

There is no word on the identity of the victim. However, the MSHA did send out a list of best practices to prevent situations such as this from occurring in the future. That list, as well as details of the mine fatality, can be found here.

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