Wyoming Co. couple sue Massey for man's injuries

By Harmon Marks | Mar 15, 2011

MADISON -- A Wyoming County couple holds Massey operations and affiliate Marfork Coal Co. responsible for the husband's injuries caused by a "rib roll" while working as a scoop operator at the Parker Peerless Mine.

Randall D. Campbell Jr. and wife Mellissa of Oceana filed their personal injury suit in Boone Circuit Court, which has jurisdiction over the principal places of business for defendants Marfork; Massey Coal Services, Inc.; and Massey Energy Co. Parker Peerless Mine is located at Naomi, Raleigh County.

Complaint says Campbell was setting timbers last July in the Parker Peerless No. 3 entry when struck in the back by the rib roll. Serious injuries included spinal cord paraplegia and multiple rib fractures, according to the suit which mentions the safety program at Parker Peerless was the responsibility of Massey Coal Services and Massey Energy.

Campbell charges no pre-shift examinations were conducted for evening and day turns the date he was hurt.

Five counts detailed against defendants include intentional exposure, recklessness and negligence and loss of consortium.

Charleston attorney Bernard E. Layne III and attorneys Mark D. and Rachel Hanna Moreland of Lewisburg will argue for jury judgment, jointly and severally, for compensatory and punitive damages, pre-judgment interest on all losses and expenses and cost of litigation for the Campbells.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge William S. Thompson.

Boone Circuit Court case number: 11-C-37

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