Coal worker suffers fatal injuries at Alpha’s underground Kingston 2 mine

By Dorothy Davis

A coal miner suffered fatal injuries March 10, at the underground Kingston #2 mine in Fayette County, W. Va. 

Jeremy Sigler, 34, of Pool, W. Va., was struck by material from the mine's side wall in an accident involving a rib roll during an evening shift Saturday. Co-workers administered CPR before Sigler was removed from the mine and taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Regulators have halted operations at the mine while state and Federal officials conduct an investigation.

"In this sad time our prayers and heartfelt condolences go to Mr. Sigler's family," said Charlie Bearse, president of Kingston Mining. "While the mine is idled we will work closely with the outside investigators to determine how and why the accident occurred. We are administering to his family's needs and providing counseling to his fellow miners at this time to help them deal with the loss of their coworker." 

The Kingston #2 mine is operated by Kingston Mining, Inc., a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) (ANR). As the nation's largest supplier of metallurgical coal and a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities, ANR is ranked as the second-largest coal producer by revenue and third-largest by production in the U.S.

Reuters reports ANR’s stock was down 3.2 percent in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange, but analysts noted that coal company shares generally were down on Monday because natural gas prices were hovering above a 10-year low. 

In 2011, ANR acquired Massey Energy Company, which operated the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia where a 2010 explosion resulted in the deaths of 29 miners.

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