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Road Fork #51 Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Spartan Mining Company has been the current operator since 9/20/2005

    Year 103(k) 104(a) 104(b) 104(d)(1) 104(d)(2) 104(g)(1) 107(a) 314(b) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1996 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2005 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 144.00 144.00 144.00
    2006 0 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 2,199.00 2,199.00 2,199.00
    2007 0 71 0 1 0 0 0 4 15,679.00 15,215.00 7,662.60
    2008 1 233 2 3 24 1 0 4 496,633.00 486,373.00 42,182.00
    2009 0 243 3 0 13 1 1 1 295,286.00 295,286.00 24,756.00
    2010 0 115 0 0 22 0 0 1 293,318.00 293,318.00 4,433.00
    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: Spartan Mining Company has been the current operator since 9/20/2005

    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 1 0 0 10,318 0 0.00 19.38 0.0336 5.11
    2006 0 3 0 0 34,750 0 0.00 17.27 0.0721 4.79
    2007 0 3 0 0 53,621 11,817 0.00 11.19 0.0423 4.75
    2008 0 4 0 0 145,815 146,209 0.00 5.49 0.0213 4.26
    2009 0 0 0 2 166,581 218,836 0.00 0.00 0.0117 4.04
    2010 0 0 0 0 55,871 120,288 - - - -
    *   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
  • MSHA announces results of December 2010 impact and regularly scheduled inspections

    January 27, 2011

    MSHA has announced the results of its targeted inspections conducted in December 2010 in coal and other mines. Mines on the list had been targeted for heightened levels of scrutiny, and for the thirteen coal mines inspected, a total of 186 citations were issued of which 53% were S&S violations. However, unlike previous impact inspections, several mines (N&L Slope operate by Bear Gap Coal, and Road Fork #51 and Marsh Fork Mine both owned by Massey) actually came through the inspections with no violations. The rest of the mines faired far worse, averaging more than 18 violations each.

    Read press release at http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2011/NR110127.asp or see enforcement summary document at /documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-dec-2010

    More Massey workers face license-forging allegations

    December 15, 2010

    In the wake of last week’s revelation that a mine foreman at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine used a forged forman’s certification for 228 inspections, Ken Ward Jr. has uncovered a disturbing number of other instances of forged foreman card’s at Massey mines. Included in the list are:

    • Craig W. Belcher, who used a forged card for a week at the Spartan Mining facility before getting caught and fired by Massey
    • Scott E. Jeffrey, who used a forged electrician’s card to get a job at Massey’s Power Mountain Processing plant.
    • Neil A. Hasen, who used a forged card for five inspections at Big River Mining, and now faced federal charges.
    • Luke W. Pugh, who faces up to 180 years in jail for telling the operators of the Pleasant Hill Mine that he had a foreman’s certification, and then later repeating the lie to a federal investigator. He also accused of using that forged certification 541 times.
    • Chad J. Farrell, who faces up to 150 years in jail for conducting more than 500 inspections with a forged license at the Poplar Ridge Mine

    Read article at http://wvgazette.com/News/201012150673

    Massey building processing plant in Wyoming County

    November 19, 2010

    Massey has announced it is building a new coal-processing plant in Wyoming County, WV. Scheduled for opening in Q3 2011, it will be able to process 700 tons of coal per hour coming from the company’s Guyandotte and Sewell operations.

    Read article at http://www.register-herald.com/todaysfrontpage/x117336810/Massey-building-processing-plant-in-Wyoming-County

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