Massey Settles Lawsuit Over Miner’s Death for $2.1 Million

July 21, 2010

Massey Energy has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a contract worker killed at one of the company’s West Virginia coal mines.

Boone County Circuit Court records show Massey paid the family of Steven Cain $2.1 million. Cain died in an accident at Massey’s Justice No. 1 mine in October 2008.

Government investigators concluded Cain, who had just a few months of mining experience, was crushed to death between an underground railroad car and the wall of the Boone County mine.

Virginia-based Massey owns the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, where 29 men died and two were injured in an April 5 explosion. The blast is the subject of civil and criminal investigations.

Massey operates mines in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.

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  • July 21, 2010 at 2:02 am
    Louise says:
    The award is excessive. This guy couldn't have earned that much "tax free" money in a lifetime. Our tort system is badly flawed. The decedant isn't going to benefit; why sh... read more
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