COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, September 19, 2000, a 33-year old journeyman mechanic with 8 years mining experience was installing a new track on a D11N Caterpillar bulldozer. The new track was chained to the old track. As the old track was removed, the new track was guided into place. The new track became stuck and the chain connecting the two tracks together broke. The dozer blade and ripper were used to raise the dozer, which freed the tracks. The shop overhead crane was used, with a four chain sling, to suspend the bogie idlers above the tracks. The dozer hydraulics bled off, lowered the dozer, and placed excessive weight on the overhead crane chains. The chain hook on the rear bogie slipped off and struck the mechanic in the head. The mechanic was air lifted to the hospital where he died from his injuries on September 25, 2000.
This is the 29th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 28 fatalities. This is the 7th accident classified as machinery reported in the coal mining industry in 2000. As of this date in 1999, there were 3 fatal accidents classified as machinery.
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