Energy and Environment Cabinet
Miner Killed in Perry County Accident

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 23, 2008  
Contact Information:  Ricki Gardenhire, 502-564-5525  

 A miner was killed yesterday in an accident near the Cornettsville community in Perry County.

Rodney K. Blevins, 40, of Cumberland, was operating a bulldozer at the AM&E Coal Inc. mine when the accident occurred.

Initial reports indicate he was pushing dirt near the edge of the bench he was making and the outside track got in soft dirt that gave way.  The bulldozer overturned and rolled down a steep hill.  The accident occurred at 2:45 p.m.

Kentucky has experienced two fatal and one serious injury accidents in recent weeks involving bulldozers. In response, Johnny Greene, executive director of the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, has directed the state’s surface mine safety analysts to visit all surface mines in the state to conduct safety meetings. Those meetings begin today and will conclude in about 10 business days.

"Our analysts will be conducting these meetings with mine employees and contractors who are at risk for highwall accidents. We will discuss with these employees methods to prevent these types of accidents," said Greene.

It is the fifth fatal coal mine accident reported in Kentucky in 2008.