CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Massey Energy has been cited by state regulators in two coal-mining deaths that occurred earlier this year in Greenbrier and Mingo counties, according to reports made public Thursday.
The state Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training also cited International Coal Group in the April death of a miner at one of its operations in Raleigh County.
In one of the Massey cases, subsidiary White Buck Coal Co. was cited in the July 1 death of Wilbert R. Starcher, 60, of Orient Hill, at the company's Pocahontas Mine near Rupert.
Starcher, an electrician, was run over by a shuttle car.
State inspectors found that the view of the shuttle car driver was inhibited by the addition of a sideboard that allowed less than one inch of clearance between it and the bottom of the vehicle's canopy.
Inspectors also cited White Buck Coal for seven other alleged violations, including five for improper ventilation of the mine.
At Massey subsidiary Spartan Mining's Ruby Energy operation, James R. Erwin, 55, of Delbarton was pinned between a shuttle car and the mine wall on May 10. Eleven days later, he died from his injuries.
State inspectors cited Massey for a violation of a provision of its state-approved roof control plan that required mining machines to be "operated from a sufficient distance" to protect workers from being hit by the machines or by shuttle cars.