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Four coal miners were injured at a Prenter West Virginia coal mine on Monday.  According to newspaper reports, an axle on a transport vehicle broke while the miners were being transported into Mountain Edge Mining’s Dorothy Duke No. 3 mine.  The story is here.

Beckley WV Coal Mine Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a coal mine accident, contact a Beckley WV Coal Mine Accident Lawyer from Rist Law Offices.  We help injured coal miners and their families with injury cases against mining companies when underground and surface mine accidents happen.  All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee unless your case is settled or won in court.  There is never a fee to talk to a lawyer at our office about a potential case.

For more information about our coal mine accident practice, contact us at 866-982-5299.

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13 underground coal mine operations were told by federal regulators and Friday to improve safety at their mines.  Three of the coal mines are in West Virginia.  The Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia would have been included in the list, but actions against Performance Coal Company, the owner of Upper Big Branch, are on hold while an investigation into the explosion is pending.  The Register-Herald carried an article about the operations here.

Beckley WV Coal Mine Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a coal mine accident in West Virginia, contact a Beckley WV Coal Mine Accident Lawyer from Rist Law Offices to discuss your case.  Rist Law Offices helps injured coal miners with injury cases throughout the coal fields of southern West Virginia.  We will meet a coal miner or their family anywhere in the State of West Virginia to discuss a potential case.  There is never a charge to discuss a case, and we do not collect a fee until your case is settled or won in court.

For more information about our West Virginia Coal Mine Accident practice, or to discuss a case, contact us toll free at 866-982-5299.

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A Fayette County coal miner was killed on Monday after a piece of rock fell on him at the Alpha Natural Resources Kingston Number 1 Mine in Fayette County.  William Dooley, 56, was killed in the underground accident just after finishing bolting a section in the mine.  Mr. Dooley had operated a roof bolting equipment since 2001 according to the company that owns the mine.  The Charleston Gazette carried a story about the accident here.

Beckley and Charleston WV Coal Mine Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident or you have a loved one who lost their life in an accident, contact a Beckley WV Coal Mine Accident Lawyer from Rist Law Offices to discuss your case.  With offices in Charleston, Oak Hill, and Beckley, we represent injured coal miners throughout the southern West Virginia coalfields in mine accident and coal mine employment cases.  There is never a fee to speak to a potential coal mine injury client, and all cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee unless we settle the case or win it in court.

For more information about our West Virginia Coal Mine Accident practice or to speak to a lawyer directly, call us toll free at 866-982-5299.

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Another West Virginia coal miner has lost his life in this tragic year.  The Charleston Gazette reported yesterday that 39-year-old Jessie Adkins was killed in a rib roll at Consol Energy’s Loveridge Mine in Fairview, Marion County.  A rib roll is where a block of left over coal comes loose from the wall or ceiling of the mine.  Jessie Adkins leaves behind a wife and two teenage children.

This year marks one of the worst for coal mining deaths in recent history.  33 of our coal miners have died in accidents in West Virginia this year.  As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all of these families.

Marion County West Virginia Coal Mine Accident Lawyer | West Virginia Coal Miner Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a WV coal mine, or you have lost a loved one in a WV coal mine, contact a Charleston WV Coal Mine Accident Lawyer from Forman & Rist.  Our firm has a history of fighting for the working people of West Virginia.  We handle coal mine accident cases throughout the State of West Virginia, including Raleigh County, Fayette County, Boone County, Logan County, Mingo County, Kanawha County, Marion County, and other counties with active coal mines.  We work on both underground and surface mine accident cases.

We handle all coal mine accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee unless your case is settled or won in court.  We never charge a fee to meet with an injured miner or their family and we will travel to a family’s home to discuss the case.

For more information, call us toll free at 866-982-5299.

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James Erwin of Delbarton, West Virginia, passed away Friday morning following an accident on May 10, 2010.  According to the Charleston Gazette story located here, Mr. Erwin was caught between a shuttle car and the mine wall.  The incident occurred at the Ruby Energy Mine near Delbarton.  The mine is owned by a Massey subsidiary.

Beckley, West Virginia Coal Mine Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a West Virginia Coal Mine Accident, call a Beckley WV Coal Mine Accident Lawyer from Forman & Rist to discuss your case.  We handle coal mine accident cases throughout the coal fields of southern West Virginia.  With offices in Beckley and Charleston, we work on cases in Beckley, Charleston, Madison, Boone, Williamson, Delbarton, and in Raleigh County, Fayette County, Kanawha County, Boone County, Logan County, and Mingo County, West Virginia.  We offer free, confidential consultations to all coal mine accident victims to discuss their legal rights.

For more information or to speak to a lawyer about a coal mine accident, contact us toll free at 866-982-5299.

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Four WV Coal Miners remain trapped at the Massey Energy coal mine near Naoma West Virginia following Monday’s explosion.  According to a short article from the Charleston Gazette, rescue teams had to pull out of the mine a third time after they encountered smoke.  The article is here.

The article did note that the rescue team made it to one of the two rescue chambers they were searching for on the rescue attempt.  The chamber had not been used.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families of these heroic WV Coal Miners.

About Forman & Rist

Forman and Rist help the victims of WV Coal Mine accidents and their families in litigation throughout the coalfields of West Virginia.  Our firm has a history of holding coal mine companies accountable when a serious accident occurs.  Any family members with legal questions about a West Virginia coal mine accident can contact us toll free at 866-982-5299.

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The Massey Energy Company owned Upper Big Branch Mine was subject to a number of safety violations in the time leading up to the explosion that has taken the life of twenty-five West Virginia Coal miners in Raleigh County.  According to an article in the Charleston Gazette located here, miners were so concerned about conditions in the mine that they told their congressman that they were scared to go back into the mine.

Two fines in January resulted in two of the heftiest fines in the mine’s history.

Rescue Teams Going Into Mine

This morning four, eight-man rescue teams were cleared to go into the mine to start rescue efforts.  They entered the mine around 5:00 a.m.  The Charleston Gazette also has a story about the rescue effort here.

As the prayers of the country continue, families of miners, media, and MSHA investigators are starting to look at what happened in the mine and the substantial number of citations prior to this tragic explosion.  Substantial issues at the mine have already been red-flagged.

About Forman & Rist

Forman & Rist handle serious West Virginia Coal Mine Accident cases throughout the coalfields of West Virginia.  Our firm has a history of fighting for West Virginia Miners and their families when an accident or death occurs.  For more information or to speak to Roger Forman or Thomas Rist, call us toll free at 866-982-5299.

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The worst fears of coal miners, their families, and residents in southern West Virginia were confirmed last night in a 2 a.m. press conference.  According to a story in the Charleston Gazette, 25 miners were confirmed dead and four others are still missing following a massive explosion at Performance Coals Upper Big Branch Coal Mine.  Performance Coal is a subsidiary of Massey Energy.  The story is here.

The Charleston Gazette article noted that this is the worst mining accident in nearly a quarter of a century in the United States.  Mine safety experts believe that the explosion involved methane gas that built up in a sealed area of the mine and leaked through mine seals.

A CNN news story located here has a video of a press conference with Governor Manchin last night.

West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion Lawyers

Forman & Rist represent coal miners and their families throughout southern West Virginia in injury cases.  Our firm has a history of holding mining companies accountable when serious accidents occur.  If you or a loved one need to speak to a West Virginia coal mine accident lawyer, call us toll free at 866-982-5299.

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The first coal mining-related death in West Virginia in 2009 could be as a result of a single vehicle car accident.  The Charleston Gazette reported today that a miner was killed as he left a Patriot Coal Corporation facility in eastern Kanawha County.  The story is here.

Even though this is a car accident, officials could count this as a coal mine-related death.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a coal mining accident, contact a WV Coal Mine Injury Lawyer from Rist Law Offices to discuss your case.  We represent injured miners throughout the coal fields of southern West Virginia.  To speak to a lawyer about your case, contact us toll free at 866-982-5299.

We never charge for an initial consultation and there is no fee until your case is settled or won in court.

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In the aftermath of a 300 acre coal ash spill in Tennessee, the Register-Herald ran an editorial this week asking whether coal waste sludge ponds found in West Virginia are safe.  The article is here.  The editorial takes a look at a problem that is much closer to home in the coalfields of West Virginia – coal sludge ponds.  

The coal sludge pond that has received the most media coverage, and skepticism, in southern West Virginia is by far the coal sludge impoundment that sits above Marsh Fork Elementary School in Sundial, West Virginia.  This impoundment, owned by Massey Energy, contains 2.8 billion gallons of coal sludge held back by a 385 foot earthen dam.  While the dam is tested frequently, according to the Coal River Mountain Watch Sludge Safety Project website, a failure of one of these coal sludge impoundments could be catastrophic.  

Many of the mines who own the coal sludge impoundments claim that they are quite safe.  This has yet to be proven, as the fly ash spill in Tennessee shows.  In 2000, a coal sludge impoundment in Martin, Kentucky failed and nearly 300 million gallons of coal sludge was dumped into streams in the area.  This is considered one of the worst environmental disasters in the history of modern man, yet received little attention outside of the area.  To contrast, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which nearly everyone in the United States remembers, spilled only 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean.  

If you or a loved one have been injured or are concerned about a coal slurry impoundment in West Virginia, contact a WV coal slurry accident lawyer from Rist Law Offices.  We will work with property owners and concerned citizens to make sure that coal companies are properly testing the impoundments.  If an impoundment has leaked or failed and you or a loved one are injured, our office will work to hold the coal companies responsible for the injuries.  We handle all injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not collect a fee until your case is settled or won in court.  To set up a free consultation, contact us at 866-982-5299.

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