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A coal miner died at a Marshall County site Friday morning, the Governor’s Office said in a Friday evening announcement.

Jeffrey Phillips, 44, a worker for contractor NextGen Industrial Services, died after he fell while working above a beltline in the prep plant of the Ohio County Coal Company’s Ohio County Mine in Marshall County, the Governor’s Office indicated in a statement.

West Virginia was the site of six fatal mining accidents in 2021, the most the state had in any year since 2017, when it suffered eight, according to state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training data.

There have been 28 fatal mining accidents in West Virginia since the start of 2016, according to the state.

— Staff reports

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