Energy and Environment Cabinet
Electrician Dies at Mine Site

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 12, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-5525  

     An electrician working at a mine site in western Kentucky was killed yesterday, a state official announced today.

     The victim was Timothy Ross Albright, 31, of Madisonville. The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. CST.

     Albright was a contract electrician working at a coal preparation plant under construction at the Cardinal mine operated by Warrior Coal Co. in the Manitou community in Hopkins County. According to initial reports, Albright was working in a bucket lift installing wiring when the bucket became stuck, then sprang upward. The victim struck his head on a beam overhead. He was transported to Madisonville Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

     Officials with the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing (OMSL) responded to scene yesterday and returned today to investigate the accident, said Johnny Greene, OMSL executive director.

     It is the eighth fatality at a Kentucky coal mine in 2008. Yesterday’s incident and two others are currently under investigation.