Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Struck by Shuttle Car
Two recent serious accidents involving shuttle cars occurred in
District 8. Both accidents resulted in injuries to the miners,
and could easily have caused fatalities.
- A remote control miner was cutting in the #1 room neck in the
last open crosscut of a three room setup. The return side shuttle
car was traveling up the #2 Entry and over to #1 Entry, through
the last open crosscut. Three trips had been made. The section
foreman and mechanic were sitting in the #2 Room, about five feet
inby the last open crosscut (face was approximately 60 feet
inby). On the fourth trip, the return side car operator failed to
make the turn into the last open crosscut. The shuttle car
traveled straight ahead, towards the #2 Room, striking both the
mechanic and the section foreman. Both were dragged approximately
five feet by the shuttle car. The foreman sustained a bruised
right leg and received four stitches. The mechanic also received
bruises to both legs and needed several stitches.
- The section foreman had walked to the continuous miner to
deliver some “not bolted” signs. He then walked back
towards the #6 Entry, behind the line curtain directing air to
the continuous miner. The foreman was on the blind side of the
curtain when a shuttle car traveled from the #43 Room, towards
the #6 Entry. The rear of the shuttle car struck the section
foreman, apparently rolling him, and causing him to fall down.
The injured foreman did not lose consciousness and was able to
call for help. First aid was administered and he was transported
out of the mine. The injured was taken to the hospital where he
was treated for several bruises and later released.
- Stay clear of moving equipment at all times.
- Never assume your location is safe around mobile equipment
while in operation.
- When approaching curtains or blind areas, mobile equipment
operators should sound warning devices.
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This information was provided by concerned
miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close
call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting
the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.