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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia coal miner was killed Thursday when part of a mine wall fell on him at a Consol Energy operation in Marion County, state and federal officials said.
The incident occurred at Consol's Loveridge Mine, near Fairview, Marion County.
Jessie Adkins, 39, of Belington, is the 42nd coal miner to die on the job nationwide this year. West Virginia accounts for 33 of those deaths, including 29 that occurred in an April 5 explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County.
Adkins is survived by a wife and two teenage children, company officials said.
The latest death occurred on the same day that U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Carte Goodwin, both D-W.Va., introduced the Senate version of a mine safety reform bill. Similar legislation already has passed the House Education and Labor Committee.
Hoy Murphy, spokesman for the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training, said that Adkins, a roof bolter, was pinned against machinery by a large block of coal that fell from the mine wall.
State officials put the time of the incident at 11:55 a.m., while the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said it occurred at 11 a.m.
Loveridge is a large underground mine that produced 6 million tons of coal last year with more than 560 workers. Hourly employees at the mine are represented by the United Mine Workers union.
Earlier Thursday, Consol CEO J. Brett Harvey had said his goal for the Pittsburgh-based company was to have no injuries or illnesses in its mines.