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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday April 11, 1996, four miners were underground in the process of removing equipment from the mine. A foreman and a utility man, riding in rubber-tired battery-powered personnel carrier, arrived near where a roof bolting machine was located. The personnel carrier was parked about 32 feet uphill from the roof bolting machine. The two miners left the personnel carrier and traveled downhill, past a roof bolting machine operator standing at the rear bumper of the roof bolting machine, and were alongside the roof bolting machine, when they heard a noise behind them. The personnel carrier had rolled down the 16th percent grade, crushing the roof bolting machine operator against the roof bolting machine, inflicting fatal injuries.

This is the 13th coal mine fatality in 1996. As of April 11 last year, there had been 9 fatalities. This death is the fifth classified as POWERED HAULAGE in 1996.

Line drawing of the accident scene

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96C13]