A Patriot Coal subsidiary has been cited by state regulators for a roof fall that killed a miner in Boone County, WV.
A report by the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training found the company used an unsafe procedure to install wall-control bolts at Newton Energy’s Peerless Rachel Mine near Racine.
The report said it was common for workers installing bolts at the mine to walk under unsupported roof.
Asa Fitzpatrick, 63, of Kermit, WV, died March 13 when a rock fell on him as he prepared to install wall-control bolts.
The state agency released the report Tuesday during a meeting of the West Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety in Sutton.
Patriot Coal officials declined to comment on the report.