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Arch Coal employee alleges supervisor attacked him with axe handle


By Carrie Bradon | May 31, 2019

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LOGAN – A Mingo County man alleges his supervisor attacked him with an axe handle while working at an underground coal mine and caused injury.

Stephen Andrew Maynard filed a complaint in Logan Circuit Court against Arch Coal Inc., Mingo Logan Coal Co. LLC and Robert Gibson alleging deliberate intent, constructive discharge, extreme and outrageous conduct, hostile work environment and negligent retention.

The suit states that the plaintiff was employed by Arch Coal at its Mountain Laurel location and was hired in May 2018. 

The plaintiff alleges he was supervised by Gibson and reported to work on March 27. The plaintiff alleges on that day, Gibson attacked him with a wooden axe handle because he allegedly thought the plaintiff was working too close to him. The plaintiff alleges he needed medical treatment and time off of work because of his injuries.

 The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Nathan D. Brown and Joshua S. Ferrell of Ferrell & Brown PLLC in Williamson.

The case has been assigned to Judge Joshua Butcher.

Logan Circuit Court case number 19-C-56 

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