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|Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)||February 22, 2012|
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ITEM 1.04 Mine Safety – Reporting Shutdowns and Patterns of Violations
On February 22, 2012, Blue Diamond Coal Company (“Blue Diamond”), a subsidiary of James River Coal Company, received an imminent danger order under section 107(a) of the Mine Act alleging that an individual miner in Mine #75, in Perry County, Kentucky, was observed traveling by foot between the low structure and the continuous haulage system while the equipment was in use. Upon issuance of the imminent danger order, the equipment was stopped, the individual miner was removed from the area, and the imminent danger order was immediately terminated. No injuries occurred and the order did not require withdrawal of miners from the mine.
Blue Diamond maintains a safety policy prohibiting miners from placing themselves in pinch points while equipment is operating. The mine workforce has been retrained on this policy.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
JAMES RIVER COAL COMPANY
By: /s/ Samuel M. Hopkins II
Samuel M. Hopkins II
Date: February 24, 2012