Posted On: January 5, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Foreman dies at West Virginia mine

A foreman died last week at a Consol Energy Inc. coal preparation plant in West Virginia. According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, company employees found the body of 58-year-old Mark McIntyre about 1,000 yards from Consol’s McElroy Mine prep plant.

Officials said that it’s unclear what happened to McIntyre, who was wearing a life jacket and other safety gear.

McIntyre is the second McElroy employee to die at the mine this year. In October, a miner was killed when he was pinned between an underground locomotive and a rail car. McIntyre is the ninth West Virginia miner and 30th nationally to die on the job in 2008.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Coast Guard and United Mine Workers labor union are investigating the death.

There were also fatal workplace accidents at McElroy in 2003 and 2004. A miner was killed when the side of a coal pillar collapsed and pinned him against a piece of heavy equipment in August 2004. And, three contract workers were killed and three co-workers were injured in a methane explosion during construction of a ventilation shaft on Januray 22, 2003. MSHA cited a contractor for high negligence and reckless disregard for safety for the blast.

Consol operates 17 mining complexes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Utah. McElroy has more than 740 underground employees.

By law, it is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker's Compensation Insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job or even if death results from their job. Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers' compensation claim. Some types of Pennyslvania workers' compensation injures include construction injuries, repetitive stress to a body part, and environmental hazards.

The family of Mr. McIntyre are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits through his employer, Consol Energy, Inc.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers' compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation. Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger & Marciano can help you. Our dedicated and experienced PA work injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.