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 Expert  729397

Expert in Coal Mining Accidents, Safety, Training and Roof Control

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Virginia (VA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has a Masters Degree in Geology. He was a research assistant with the U.S. Bureau of Minings working with coal mine roof control using LANDSAT satellite imagery, then with U.S. Deptartment of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for 28 years as a coal mine inspector in Virginia and continued LANDSAT imagery analysis. He also has a company that performs expert witness and consulting for law firms in West Virginia and a coal company in West Virginia. To date, he has been able to help win coal mine accident cases without going to court trial. He is a coal miner trainer certified by Kentucky (surface), Virginia (surface and underground), and West Virginia (surface and underground). He offers services in underground coal miner safety analysis, coal mine roof control and assist mine operators with compliance with MSHA Code 30 CFR and State mine inspection regulations.

underground mining

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Knoxville, Tennessee;  Johnson City, Tennessee;  Asheville, North Carolina;  and Huntington, West Virginia.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1980   MS   Geology   EKU (Richmond, KY)  
1977   BS   Geology   MSU (Morehead, KY)   Magna Cum Laude at MSU

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to







Coal Mining consultant and coal miner trainer.

1980 to 2008


U.S. Department of Labor


Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)


Geologist/Coal Mine Inspector


Prediction of unstable ground conditions in coal mines in advance of mining using remote sensing LANDSAT satellite imagery. Conduct geologic investigations of coal mine roof fall accidents. Investigate underground and surface coal mine accidents. Conducted in-house training to other coal mine inspectors.

1983 to 2006


Southeast Kentucky Technical and Community College, Cumberland, KY




Geologist/Adjunct Faculty


Professor of Geology. Instructed Physical Geology class room and Physical Geology Labratory.

Career Accomplishments:

Kentucky Certified Foreman, Certified Coal Miner Instructor MSHA, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. Certified underground coal miner in Virginia and West Virginia


Special Achievment Award-- MSHA; Jaycee of the year 1981-1982; MSU Sigma XI Club award for excellence in research 1977.

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1980 to 2008   Department of Labor   Geologist/Coal Mine Inspector   Coal mine accident investigations, Roof Control Specialists' coal mine reviews/inspections and full Health and Safety Coal Mine Inspections. Remote Sensing Imagery Lineament Analysis.
1974 to 1977   U.S. Bureau of Mines   Coal Geologist/Research Assistant   Underground coal mine geologic analysis and geologic maping. Prediction of areas of adverse mining conditions in advance of mining. Remote Sensing Satellite and U-2 imagery lineament analysis.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He as reviewed and revised underground coal mine plans for Cobalt Coal Corp. Also, he assisted the same coal company prepare for a Federal (MSHA) inspection.
  • He has given expert analysis of surface and underground coal mine accident lawsuite cases for four (4) Law Firms during 2009-2010.
  • He has given coal miner training to Minova, USA engineers and to Spike Television crew. Has also given advanced underground mine Roof Control training to Knox Creek Coal Corporation.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has been an expert witness for several law firms, but has assisted in winning the cases out of court.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on mining truck regulations for litigation.
  • Expert for consulting on mining accident.
  • Mining expert for consulting on Hoist systems.
  • Coal mining safety expert for consulting on Coal Mining Safety Needed.
  • Mining expert for consulting on mining operations/safety.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Market Research:
Working knowlege of Federal (MSHA) coal mine inspection procedures including proper issuance of citations, Orders and Safeguards. Help redict ares of potiental roof falls in underground coal mines.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Geology, BS and MS. Certified Mine Inspector Training with the Depatrment of Labor. Expert's Firm educated in the area of satellite and U-2 imagery lineament analysis. This was the basis of his MS thesis.


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