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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, October 21, 1996, a continuous mining machine operator, using a radio remote control, had backed the continuous mining machine away from the face. The mining machine operator crawled inby, dragging the remote control unit, to the rear corner of the mining machine. The continuous mining machine's trailing cable rolled out of the side cable hook and fell onto the remote control unit inadvertently activating the left tram reverse control. The rear portion of the mining machine moved suddenly toward the right rib, crushing the continuous mining machine operator. Investigators found the remote control unit's "slide" tram control safety-device, taped up in the activated postion.

This is the 26th coal mine fatality in 1996. As of October 21, of last year, there had been 36 fatalities. This death is the fifth classified as MACHINERY in 1996.

Photograph of the Accident Scene

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96C26]