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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, January 19, 1996, a foreman was assisting in repairs to the universal drive shaft assembly for the gathering arms on a continuous mining machine. Prior to working on the machine, crib blocks were installed as means to block the ripper head in place. The ripper head was lowered onto the crib blocks and the drive shaft was removed. Later, the foreman was positioned beneath the ripper head of the machine reinstalling the drive assembly when the crib blocks kicked-out, allowing the ripper head to fall and crush the foreman.

This is the first coal mine fatality in 1996. As of January 19, of last year, there had been 3 fatalities. This death is the first classified as MACHINERY in 1996.

Photograph of the accident scene

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96C01]