CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia coal miner has died in a fall in the state’s Northern Panhandle.
The death of 44-year-old Jeffrey A. Phillips is at least the third in the U.S. coal mining industry already this year. Other deaths have occurred this month in Indiana and Kentucky.
Phillips worked for contractor NextGen Industrial Services.
The office of Gov. Jim Justice says Phillips fell while working above a beltline in the prep plant of an Ohio County Coal mine in the Marshall County community of Benwood.
Benwood Police Chief Frank Longwell told The Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register that the worker wasn’t wearing a body harness and fell about 30 feet.