January 15, 2022 - A coal miner died in an accident at a mine in Marshall County, West Virginia Friday morning.
Jeffrey A. Phillips, 44, a worker for contractor NextGen Industrial Services, was fatally injured Friday morning when he fell while working above a beltline in the prep plant of the Ohio County Coal Company’s Ohio County Mine, located in Marshall County, according to a release from Gov. Jim Justice's office.
Gov. Justice issued a statement on behalf of himself and First Lady Cathy Justice responding to the news.
“Any time we lose one of our brave and important West Virginia coal miners, it’s a terrible thing. Cathy and I are heartbroken for his loved ones and fellow miners," Justice said. "We ask that all West Virginians join us in keeping this man and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.
“We’d also ask you to remember and appreciate everyone who does this important work. We should never take for granted the strength and selflessness that it takes to go underground to keep the lights on for the people across our state and our nation.”