Indictments handed down for coal company, operators following miner death
A federal grand jury has indicted a coal company and three operators at a Harlan County mine where an underground miner was killed in a roof fall last year. The 32-count indictment issued Wednesday in London charges Manalapan Mining Company and three officials with violating federal mine safety laws related to underground mine roof structures. It says the three officials - the mine operations manager, superintendent and a foreman - "failed to report and record hazardous conditions" at its P-1 mine in Pathfork. The indictment says preshift records kept by the officials dating from June 13 to June 28 were falsified. On June 29, 46-year-old David Partin died at the P-1 mine when a mine roof collapsed.