A 21-year-old coal miner has died while helping to make a repair at a Marshall County coal mine.
Raymond L. Starkey, of New Martinsville, a general inside laborer, was fatally injured late Monday afternoon, according to a UMW statement. He was fatally injured while helping to repair a beltline, according to state officials.
The death occurred at the Marshall County Mine owned by Murray Energy, which confirmed the fatal accident on Tuesday.
Across the country, there were 22 mining-related deaths this year prior to Starkey’s, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Of those 22, three of those deaths occurred in West Virginia, according to MSHA.