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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, March 12, 1999, at 11:15 p.m., a shuttle-car operator was fatally injured when he was crushed between the metal operator's deck of the shuttle car and the coal rib. The shuttle-car operator had dumped a load of coal at the feeder and was returning to the face for another load of coal. In the process of turning into the No. 8 entry, the shuttle car struck the coal rib and crushed the operator between the rib and metal frame of the shuttle car. The mining height at this location was 52-54 inches high. A canopy was not provided for this shuttle car.

Fatality Drawing
  • All electrical equipment shall be frequently examined, tested and maintained to assure safe operating conditions
  • All self-propelled face equipment operated in coal mines where the top to bottom height is 42" or greater, shall be provided with cabs or canopies.
  • This is the 8th fatality reported in calendar year 1999 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1998, there were 8 fatalities. This is the second fatality classified as POWERED HAULAGE in 1999.

    For more information:

    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL99C08]