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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, March 28, 1997, in Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania, two mechanics and a maintenance foreman were troubleshooting a remote-controlled contintuous mining machine. During mining operations, the continuous mining machine was not functioning properly and had unexpectedly stopped while tramming out of a working place. One of the mechanics was crouching between the machine and the coal rib peering through a sight glass to observe the operation of the diagnostic lights of the remote-controlled circuit. The continuous mining machine pivoted suddenly, pinning the maintenance foreman and the crouching mechanic against the coal rib. The mechanic was fatally injured but the foreman only received minor injured.

This is the seventh coal mine fatality in 1997. As of March 28 last year, there had been 10 fatalities. This death is the first classified as MACHINERY in 1997.

Plan View of the Accident Area

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL97C07]