VERONA, KY (FOX19) - One woman is dead after an accident in a Gallatin County limestone mine on Tuesday.
Angela Common, 37, died while operating a new piece of equipment in an underground quarry at Sterling Materials. Common was driving a large dump truck when she hit a rock wall and was ejected, the truck then rolled over her. Common had recently returned back to work at Sterling Materials after taking a year off for medical reasons and was taking a refresher course at the time of the accident.
The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration was at Sterling Materials doing an inspection in another part of the mining shaft at the time of the accident. All operations in that particular mine have been suspended as the investigation continues.
Common has four children, three boys and a 17 year-old daughter Monica Willougby. Willoughby and her mother lived together in Carrolton, Kentucky. Willoughby says she still can't grasp the fact her mother is gone.
"She raised me as a single mom, so she is all I've ever really had," said Willoughby. "She always put me before her, all of her kids before her."
Commons death is not the first at Sterling Materials. Federal records show that in 1999, a 22 year-old worker died after his clothes got tangled in a conveyor belt tail pulley. Sterling Materials was cited but the citation was removed when a guard was installed.
Just a few months before that, two workers were trapped 550 feet into a mine shaft after a piece of limestone fell on them. Both suffered injuries. In 2005, Sterling Materials received a safety award for 92,000 man hours of work without an accident.
In 2009, 2010, and 2011 injury accidents were reported with workers. In 2009, a worker slipped and fell and was not wearing a safety harness. In 2010 a grinding wheel exploded and cut a worker in the thigh and in 2011 a fallen rock cut a workers hand.