During a quarterly inspection that started July 2 and is ongoing, MSHA officials cited the operation for 10 alleged roof-control violations, including eight that agency inspectors considered serious.
Thursday's death is the fifth coal-mining fatality in West Virginia in 2012, according to counts by both state and federal agencies.
It was also the second U.S. coal-mining death this week. On Tuesday, a 28-year-old UMW miner was killed at Drummond Mining Co.'s Shoal Creek Mine in Jefferson County, Ala.
This week's deaths push the total number of U.S. coal miners killed on the job in 2012 to 15, which is ahead of last year's pace of 13 miners killed through mid-September.
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