Alpha suffers fatality at Virginia coal mining operation

A coal miner at Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) affiliate Paramont Coal Co. suffered a fatal injury at Deep Mine 41 near McClure, Virginia.

David Brummitte, 34, of Pound, Virginia was found around 5:10 a.m. on March 16.  Brummitte was treated at the scene and then transported to the Dickenson Community Hospital. He was pronounced dead at approximately 7:45 a.m. Brummitte was a certified workplace examiner, and preliminary information suggests that he was conducting a pre-shift exam when he was struck by rock sloughing off the mine wall.

Alpha Chairman and CEO Kevin Crutchfield said in a March 16 statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family. Words cannot express how deeply saddened our company and community are by this tragic event.”

Paramont Coal Company President Mike Clark said: “There does not appear to have been any eyewitnesses at the scene. We are working diligently with state and federal agencies to confirm the circumstances of the accident.”

Paramont Coal representatives and state and federal investigators on March 16 were securing the area to complete the accident investigation.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration counts this as fatality number 4 in the U.S. coal industry so far in 2015, against only two fatalities at this point last year. The U.S. coal fatality count for all of 2014 was 16.

Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.