COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, February 14, 2000, a 44 year old preparation plant operator was fatally injured at a surface coal facility. A few minutes after speaking to the victim about his intentions to secure tools to adjust a belt tail pulley, the front end loader operator proceeded to the stockpile to load coal. Approaching the pile, the cutting edge of the loader bucket struck the victim and he was scooped into the bucket with the load of coal. In the process of dumping the bucket, the front-end loader operator saw the victim fall out of the bucket and into the hopper. The front-end loader operator was unaware that the victim was in the stockpile area.
This is the third fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were three fatalities. This the first fatality classified as POWERED HAULAGE in year 2000.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report