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Pocahontas Mine

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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: White Buck Coal Company has been the current operator since 9/17/2008

    Year 103(k) 104(a) 104(b) 104(d)(1) 104(g)(1) 107(a) 314(b) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1996 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2006 0 19 0 0 1 0 0 1,987.00 1,987.00 1,987.00
    2007 0 34 1 0 0 0 0 4,642.00 4,642.00 2,094.00
    2008 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 2,976.00 2,976.00 2,976.00
    2009 0 89 0 0 0 1 1 17,651.00 17,651.00 10,310.00
    2010 1 127 0 4 0 0 2 12,585.00 12,585.00 4,022.00
    Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.

    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Please Note: White Buck Coal Company has been the current operator since 9/17/2008

    Year Fatal Operator
    Injuries
    NFDL Operator
    Injuries
    Fatal Contractor
    Injuries
    NFDL Contractor
    Injuries
    Operator Hours
    Worked*
    Coal
     Produced 
    (tons)
    Operator Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Operator NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    1995 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0464 10.01
    1996 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0607 8.54
    1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0434 8.34
    1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0449 8.88
    1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0369 8.19
    2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0454 8.29
    2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0756 7.13
    2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0366 7.13
    2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0340 6.27
    2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0368 5.60
    2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0336 5.11
    2006 0 1 0 0 54,940 52,860 0.00 3.64 0.0721 4.79
    2007 0 3 0 0 167,366 220,247 0.00 3.58 0.0423 4.75
    2008 0 0 0 0 71,812 46,810 0.00 0.00 0.0213 4.26
    2009 0 3 0 0 80,072 84,239 0.00 7.49 0.0117 4.04
    2010 0 1 0 0 51,860 56,338 - - - -
    *   Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).
    ** Current rates are based on data available as of 2009 Quarter 4. For a further explanation, please see this.
  • MSHA Data
  • Production

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    REPORT OF INVESTIGATION – Fatal Powered-Haulage Accident – Pocahontas Mine

    Posted: January 7, 2011

    UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH

    REPORT OF INVESTIGATION – Underground Coal Mine – Fatal Powered-Haulage Accident on July 1, 2010

    Pocahontas Mine
    White Buck Coal Company
    Rupert, Greenbrier County, West Virginia
    I.D. No. 46-09154

    This report summarizes the results of MSHA’s investigation into the death of Wilbert (Ray) Starcher, a 60 year old electrician who was killed underground when a shuttle car ran over him and dragged him a significant and unknown distance before the another miner spotted Mr. Starcher’s mine light under the car. Resuscitation efforts were complicated by the victim being face down in the mud yet pinned in such a manner that the car had to be jacked in order to release his body, an effort that took at least fifteen minutes.

    According to the report the root causes of the accident were an on-site modification to the shuttle car that significantly limited the field of view of its driver, and a failure to maintain communication between the operators of the shuttle and miners working in its path.

    Read report at http://www.msha.gov/FATALS/2010/FTL10c40.asp

    Massey Energy cited in 2 W.Va. mining deaths

    October 14, 2010 by Ken Ward Jr.

    As the result of an MSHA investigation, Massey Energy was found responsible for the deaths of two miners, one at the Pocahontas Mine and the other at Ruby Energy.

    Read more at http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2010/10/14/massey-energy-cited-in-2-w-va-mining-deaths/

  • News
  • Master Inspection List, Targeted Enforcement, Nov 2010

    A list of the mines inspected and citations issued in the November 2010 push by MSHA to reinspect mines with a pattern of violations.

    Coal mines included on the list were:

    /documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-nov-2010

  • Documents