A coal miner died Oct. 17 in West Virginia from injuries sustained during an incident at a Greenbrier County mine.
Roger Herndon, of Rainelle, W.Va., was struck in the side by a piece of auger drill steel, according to the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. The incident occurred at Surface Mine No. 1, which the state safety agency said is operated by Princess Polly Anna Coal Inc and JCT Enterprises LLC.
The fatality is the eighth coal mining death of the year and the fourth in West Virginia.
"We are deeply saddened and heartbroken today to learn that West Virginia has lost one of our coal miners," West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice said in a statement.
State inspectors said they are investigating the death of the 33-year-old auger helper. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows the mine produced just 26,228 tons of coal in the first half of the year and had an average employee count of seven surface miners and one office worker in the second quarter.