Kentucky Coal Mine Officials Fined, Put on Probation for Safety Violations

May 30, 2013

Three former officials at an eastern Kentucky mine where a coal miner was killed in 2011 have been fined in federal court and ordered to spend time on probation for violating federal mine safety standards.

U.S. District Judge Gregory van Tatenhove scheduled a hearing to determine whether to impose a fine for Manalapan Mining Co.

The men were supervisors at Manalapan's P-1 Mine in Harlan County during a June 2011 underground collapse that killed miner David Partin.

Sentenced Wednesday were 53-year-old mine foreman Bryant Massingale of Cawood, 54-year-old mine superintendent Joseph Miniard of Smith and 47-year-old operations manager Jefferson Davis of Harlan.

Massingale and Miniard were fined $3,000 each and given three years of probation, including some home incarceration or confinement. Davis was fined $5,000 and given three years of probation.