- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

MOUNT MORRIS, Pa. (AP) - State officials have banned work in part of a southwestern Pennsylvania coal mine where a worker was killed by falling rock last month.

Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Neice of Danville, West Virginia, was killed when a boulder fell on him Jan. 16 at the 4 West Mine near Mount Morris.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is banning work in about 25 percent of the mine where officials believe similar accidents could occur. The agency has ordered Dana Mining Co. to map a neighboring abandoned mine that may have contributed to problems, and take other safety steps to shore up mine walls before work can resume.

Brian Osborn is senior vice president of operations for Mepco Inc., Dana Mining’s parent company. He says the company is reviewing the order to determine how to comply.

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