Two miners were killed by a collapse in a Centertown, Kentucky surface coal mine on Friday, October 28, according to Thinkprogress.org. The two men were killed when a highwall, an unexcavated face of rock in a strip-mining site, collapsed onto the truck they were driving.
The mine has been owned and operated for the past two years by Armstrong Coal, and within that time the company has been cited by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for no fewer than 15 safety violations. Safety violations included unsafe operation of mining equipment and the placement of equipment and other materials at the top of pits or highwalls, which can fall and injure a worker. In addition to these violations, Armstrong Coal was cited by the MSHA this past April for the stability of a highwall and the same mine where the fatal incident recently occurred.