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$3 MILLION IN COAL MINING FATALITY

Apr 24, 2014

Apr 24, 2014

Geoffrey Fieger recently reached a $3 million settlement in a deliberate intent case involving
the death of a coal miner in a fatal rib roll accident at a coal mine
in West Virginia.

The young coal miner’s entire body was crushed by a rock measuring
25 feet long and 5 or 6 feet tall. The gigantic boulder fell from the
rib of an 18-D belt trench. The defendants claimed that the death of the
young coal miner was completely unforeseeable.

Plaintiffs claimed the incident was foreseeable because there had been
an almost identical rib roll accident at one of defendants’ mines
a few years earlier. Also, the defendants had been cited numerous times
by the MSHA for failures to protect miners from hazardous roof and rib
conditions

Plaintiffs alleged that implementing a simple safety protocol called “rib
pinning in cycle” would have avoided the rib roll.

The case settled a few weeks before trial.

Geoggrey Fieger Geoffrey N. Fieger has been practicing
personal injury law for almost 40 years. Geoffrey Fieger is known as an attorney who is well-prepared
and achieves successful results on behalf of his clients.