State officials recommended that the company conduct more training to educate workers about the hazards associated with "equipment red zones." They also recommended that all shuttle car operators be trained to ensure that no one is alongside of their cars or in the turning radius when they turn into or out of a mine entry.
Jeff Gillenwater, a Massey spokesman, said the company frequently trains on the hazards of working around moving equipment and has conducted additional training since these accidents.
In the ICG case, state officials issued their report on the April 22 accident that killed 28-year-old John King at the ICG Beckley subsidiary's Beckley Pocahontas Mine in Raleigh County.
Inspectors cited ICG for a violation of a state law that says mine workers shall not "stand along the side of a boom, or pass or stand along the loading head or cutting head, on a continuous miner or loading machine in operation."
The state report said that King had been warned at least twice about standing in the "red zone" around operational equipment, and that ICG was going to begin taking more serious steps against workers who violate that safety standard.
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