Workers ordered out of Leslie mine 10 times in last month, MSHA says

Federal inspectors have ordered employees out of a Leslie County mine several times because of alleged safety problems since placing the facility under special enforcement status last month, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday.

Inspectors have issued 10 withdrawal orders at the Bledsoe Coal Corp.'s Abner Branch Rider mine, MSHA said in a news release.

A withdrawal order means miners must leave the mine, or a section of the mine, until a safety violation is corrected.

The problems cited in the orders included inadequate ventilation and roof support, MSHA said.

The mine corrected the problems, the agency said.

MSHA last month designated the Leslie County mine and The New West Virginia Mining Co.'s Apache Mine as having a pattern of violations, which brings increased scrutiny and the potential for more withdrawal orders.

The two were the first in the nation put on that status.