Another Massey Miner Dies in West Virginia
State of West Virginia spokesman Hoy Murphy says 55-year-old James Erwin of Delbarton died about 6 a.m. Friday.
Murphy says Erwin was pinned between a piece of heavy equipment and the wall at Massey’s Ruby Energy mine in Mingo County on May 10.
The Ruby Energy Mine — one of the 57 operations highlighted last month by the Mine Safety and Health Administration for having a troubling safety record — has racked up 82 safety citations since April 5, when 29 miners were killed (and another seriously injured) at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine in nearby Raleigh County. Twenty-seven of those violations were deemed “significant and substantial,” indicating that they are “reasonably likely to result in a reasonably serious injury or illness.”