COAL MINE FATALITY - On Wednesday, October 4, 2000, a 50 year old bulldozer operator, with 22 years mining experience, was fatally injured when the Caterpillar D11N bulldozer he was operating backed over the edge of a 95 ft. highwall. The dozer was backing up from a maintenance area to a drill bench site when the dozer traveled over the highwall. The victim was ejected from the cab of the bulldozer and died as a result of his injuries.
This is the 30th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 30 fatalities. This is the 8th accident classified as machinery reported in the coal mining industry in 2000. As of this date in1999, 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