MSHA Investigating Coal Miner’s Death

Colstrip, Montana – The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), is investigating the death of a 62-year old miner at the Rosebud Mine who was killed over the weekend when the 100-ton haul truck he was operating fell off a 100-foot ledge.

In a statement to the media, Westmoreland Coal Company said that operations in the vicinity of the incident had been suspended pending MSHA’s investigation.

The victim, Michael Ramsey, who worked in the mining industry for more than 20 years, was reportedly getting ready to sell his home in Colstrip, retire, and move to Washington to be closer to his grandchildren.

The company, headquartered out of Englewood, Colo., operates surface coal mines in the United States and Canada as well as underground coal mines in Ohio and New Mexico, which is a char production facility.

According to Westmoreland’s website, the Rosebud Mine is a 25,000-acre surface mine complex and produces approximately ten to 13 million tons of coal per year.   The company has received awards for safety dating back to 2011, including two MSHA certificates for no lost work days and a national award for surface mining from the Office of Surface Mining and Enforcement.

MHSA recently launched an initiative during its quarterly stakeholder call aimed at educating miners about best safety practices after five workers died in the first three months of 2017.