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MSHA Releases Investigation Report in Loveridge Mine Fatality

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released its fatal accident report about an incident at the Loveridge Mine in Marion County that killed Glen L. Clutter, Jr., 51 of Baxter in February 2013.

Clutter, a 31 year mining veteran, was working at the Miracle Run end of the Loveridge No. 22 Mine owned by CONSOL on Feb. 12, 2013 when a slate bar struck him as he attempted to re-rail a supply car. The car shifted and a slate bar struck Clutter on the right side of his face and forehead, said a report from MSHA. Clutter was unconscious and flown by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. There, he was listed in critical condition and put on life support. Clutter later died from his injuries. Investigators determined the accident was caused by failing to secure the supply car before it was lifted.  Investigators noted failing to maintain the track and failing to complete pre-shift examination also contributed to Clutter's injuries.

The mine accesses the Pittsburgh No. 8 coal seam and can be entered from three portals including the Sugar Run and Miracle Run portals located near Fairview and the Metz portal near Mannington.

You can read MSHA's complete report here.