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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, February 18, 2000, an electrical contractor was fatally injured when he contacted 1 phase of a 7200 volt, 3-phase, energized overhead conductor in a high voltage substation. The victim and a company project manager had entered the surface substation to determine how best to remove the defective transformer and prepare it for transportation to a repair facility. The victim had climbed to the top of the de-energized transformer when the back of his head came in contact with the energized conductor.

Fatal Alert Bulletin Photo Photograph of Accident Scene

  • All circuits should be de-energized before work is started.

  • Only qualified persons should perform work on electric distribution circuits and equipment.

  • A suitable hard hat should be worn where overhead hazards exist.

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    This is the fourth fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were four fatalities.

    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:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report