Federal regulators have fined Massey Energy for a violation that investigators say contributed to the death of a West Virginia miner in May.
Fifty-five-year-old James Erwin died May 21, 11 days after he was pinned between a piece of heavy equipment and a block of coal at Massey's Ruby Energy underground mine in Mingo County. Massey also owns the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners where 29 men were killed in an April 5 explosion.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration says in a report issued Wednesday that Erwin was standing too close to the equipment when he was injured. MSHA says that violated the mine's roof control plan.
Richmond, Va.-based Massey said avoiding this type of accident is a high prority and has provided hazard training for employees.