Department for Natural Resources
Kentucky miner dies in mine accident

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 22, 2010  
Contact Information:  Ricki Gardenhire, 502-564-5525  

Travis G. Brock, 29, of Helton in Leslie County, was killed today in a mine accident at the Abner Branch Rider mine (permit No. 15737-24) in Leslie County.

The accident occurred at 9:15 a.m. at the mine owned by Bledsoe Coal Co.

Brock, a continuous miner operator, received fatal injuries when he was struck by a rib roll.  A rib roll occurs when the coal pillar block, which supports the mine roof, has layers of coal that is divided by a rock seam. When the coal pillar gives way it releases portions of the pillar of coal and rock. The miner was hit by this debris.

Officials from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing continue to investigate. The mine will remain closed until a site investigation and interviews are complete.

            This is the first mining-related fatality in Kentucky in 2010. In 2009, there were four mine-related fatalities.