COAL MINE FATALITY
- On Wednesday, September 18, 1996,
two roof bolting machine operators were installing roof bolts in a crosscut
utilizing a dual boom roof bolting machine. The left side operator was
assisting the right side operator as the first two roof bolts were
installed. The left side operator was standing inby permanently supported
roof holding a roof bolt and resin cartridge while the right side operator
drilled the hole for the third bolt. A portion of the roof fell killing
the left side operator.
This is the 24th coal mine fatality in 1996. As of September 18, of last
year, there had been 32 fatalities. This death is the seventh classified as
FALL OF ROOF in 1996.
Plan View of the Accident Scene
For more information: MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96C24]