Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A coal miner died early Wednesday morning after being struck by falling rock in a Greene County mine. Consol Energy Spokesperson Joe Cerenzia says the rock fell around 11 last night at the Bailey Mine in Wind Ridge, striking a 54-year-old miner close to the end of the afternoon shift. After the incident Robert Maust, of Unionstown, was brought out of the mine. Emergency crews tried to revive him, but they were unsuccessful. Mr. Maust left a wife and two grown sons. He was an experienced miner, working 11 years specifically with underground coal mining, and had spent two years with Consol Energy. Cerenzia says falling rock is a known hazard of underground mining, and Consol does all they can to help prevent accidents from happening.