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Miner dies in West Virginia coal mine and family sues Consol for his death

CHARLESTON, WV – A Consol Energy ditch-digging machine lurched forward and ripped off Charles McIntire’s leg as it lurched forward out of control.  Mr. McIntire of Shadyside, Ohio, died on Oct. 17, 2011, as a result of the incident.  He was 62 years old.

Mr. McIntire’s daughter filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pennsylvania based Consol Energy.  The lawsuit says Consol failed to conduct safety hazard inspections, failed to keep the machine in safe operating condition and failed to ensure it had emergency shut-off switches.

The WV mine safety office issued two violations to Consol related to the equipment involved in Mr. McIntire’s death.

The complaint was originally filed in Marshall County, WV Circuit Court, but Consol recently transferred the case to the U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

Unfortunately, every year there are needless deaths and workplace injuries caused by employers who disregard the law and safety standards.  Fortunately, in West Virginia, we have a judicial system that enables workers who have been injured and/or their families to bring claims against employers who put profit over safety.  This not only helps workers injured in workplace accidents, it also motivates employers to provide workers a safe place to work.

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If you or a loved one has been injured at work, we advise you to speak with an experienced West Virginia work injury lawyer like West Law Offices as soon as possible to discuss your options.  We invite you to call us for a free consultation.  Our toll free number is 1-877-943-9378.

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