PINEVILLE – A Raleigh County miner alleges that he was injured because the mine was not managed according to industry customs and state and federal statutes and regulations.
Bransom and Della Williams filed a complaint Sept. 12 in Wyoming Circuit Court against Alpha Natural Resources Inc., Alpha Natural Resources Services LLC, Brooks Run South Mining LLC and Does 1-25 alleging negligence and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed as the midnight shift chief electrician at a mine in Marianna. On Sept. 29, 2015, the suit states the defendants were performing maintenance on a scoop when it moved, pinning the plaintiff's right leg under the scoop's tire. The suit states his leg had to be amputated.
The plaintiffs hold Alpha Natural Resources Inc., Alpha Natural Resources Services LLC, Brooks Run South Mining LLC and Does 1-25 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly conduct required examinations and to identify and correct hazards, failed to train miners and violated regulations mandating that machinery be blocked against motion prior to beginning maintenance.
The plaintiffs seek judgment against defendants for general and special damages; compensatory, consequential and punitive damages; interest; attorney's fees; costs of suit; and further relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Mark F. Underwood and J. Patrick L. Stephens of Underwood Law Offices in Huntington. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Warren R. McGraw.
Wyoming Circuit Court case number 17-C-123