CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State safety officials say a 38-year-old coal miner has been killed on the job in southern West Virginia.

The Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says James A. Whitlock of Smithers, West Virginia, died while performing electrical work on machinery shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pocahontas Coal Company, Devils Fork 2 highwall mine in Raleigh County.

Authorities say Whitlock was a highwall miner operator for Bundy Auger Mining Inc.

State inspectors are investigating.

A call to the company was not immediately returned.