COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, July 31, 2000 , at about 11:48 pm, a 29 year old mechanic with 4 years mining experience and a 28 year old propman with 5 years of mining experience were fatally injured when a roof fall behind the longwall shields caused hydrocarbons on the mine floor to ignite. While the crew was attempting to extinguish the flame an explosion occurred.
This is the18th and 19th fatalities reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 23 fatalities. These are the first and second ignition/explosion type of fatal accidents reported in the mining industry in 2000. The last fatality underground as a result of an ignition/explosion, occurred on May 11, 1994.
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