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Inspector, after allegedly falling down 16 steps, accuses CNX Resources of operating unsafe coal mine


By Philip Gonzales | Feb 18, 2019


PITTSBURGH — An inspector is suing CNX Resources Corp., a coal mine operator, citing alleged negligence and unsafe work environment.

James Armann filed a complaint on Feb. 1 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against CNX Resources Corp., alleging the coal mine operator failed to employ an OSHA-certified safety coordinator.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 10, 2018, he was a lawful invitee, inspecting defendant's Bailey Mine premises in Wind Ridge when he violently fell down a flight of 16 stairs. He reports that he sustained severe and permanent bodily injuries, including, but not limited to, a spinal injury requiring L5-S1 spinal fusion surgery and causing numbness and pain throughout his lower extremities. 

The plaintiff holds CNX Resources Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to appropriately repair or replace a handrail despite having actual knowledge of its danger and failed to adequately warn persons working at the premises of the attendant danger.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount in excess of $35,000. He is represented by Brandon Swartz and Anthony Giannetti of Swartz Culleton PC in Pittsburgh.

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