The manufacturer of concrete foam blocks destroyed in the Sago Mine explosion and the company that supplied them have settled lawsuits with the families of coal miners involved in the deadly 2006 blast. Terms of the settlements with Burrell Mining Products and Raleigh Mine and Industrial Supply are confidential. The families have all agreed to the settlement amount and how much each family will receive. A court must approve the settlements, which is expected.
The latest agreements end the case of former miner Randal McCloy Jr., who was seriously injured and is the lone survivor of a 13-man crew trapped underground by the 2006 explosion. McCloy and the estate of another miner, David Lewis, had already settled with mine owner International Coal Group for confidential sums. The families of ten of the miners who died at Sago, along with McCloy, sued ICG and several other companies. There are still claims pending against some of the defendants. New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Burrell manufactured concrete foam blocks – also referred to as Omega blocks – used to seal mined-out and abandoned sections of the Sago Mine. A methane gas explosion destroyed Omega block seals and subsequently trapped the miners underground. Mount Hope-based Raleigh supplied Omega blocks to the mine. ICG controls approximately 960 million tons of coal reserves and operates mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and Illinois.