Collapsing of a portion of the tunnel roof has resulted in the death of a coal mine worker in Utah, US while another worker was left injured.

Both workers were trapped in the cave-in at Rhino mine in Bear Canyon conducting retreat mining; and the incident follows two similar happenings in the Utah coal mine at Crandall Canyon in August 2007.

The Rhino mine is owned by US-based Rhino Resource Partners and the local Castle Valley Mining Complex.

Reuters quoted Emery County Sheriff Office spokesperson Molly Barnes as saying that rescue workers recovered one injured worker who was moved to Castleview Hospital in Price, Utah.

"Members of the Rhino mine rescue team have recovered the body of the second coal miner," Barnes added.

Price mayor Joe Piccolo said that the communities at Utah coal belt put themselves in harsh conditions citing their working atmosphere.

"It’s a dangerous occupation, but we will pull together," added Piccolo.