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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, February 8, 1996, a surface miner was changing bits on a surface coal augering machine, while standing on the coal discharge chain conveyor that passes under the auger head. After changing all of the accessible bits, the auger head was to be rotated to access the remainder of the bits. The engine which provided power to the auger head and the chain conveyor was started. The control lever for the chain conveyor had been left in the engaged for discharge position, and when the engine started, the miner was pulled across the belly-pan and into the throat of the inclined discharge conveyor.

This is the fifth coal mine fatality in 1996. As of February 8 of last year, there had been 3 fatalities. This death is the third classified as MACHINERY in 1996.

Photograph of the accident scene

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96C05]