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Webster Miner Crushed Under 18-Ton Machine, Investigation Reports


An investigation into an accident that killed a coal miner in Western Kentucky last year found he was crushed after workers propped up an 18-ton machine with a stack of wooden boards that gave way.  

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration faults the company for failing to put adequate procedures in place for propping up suspended equipment.

 Rickey Thorpe was killed September 16 at the Onton Number 9 mine in Webster County operated by Sebree Mining, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners.  

Thorpe's death was one of only two at Kentucky coal mines in 2015, tying the record for the lowest number of fatalities.  There have already been two deaths at Kentucky mines this year.

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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