COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, October 24, 2000, a 37 year old mobile-bridge operator, with 7 years mining experience, was fatally injured when he was crushed between the coal rib and the No. 3 mobile-bridge-carrier he was operating. This system consists of 4 mobile-bridge-carriers. There were no eyewitnesses to the accident. The accident occurred as the mobile-bridge system was changing places to begin mining in a different entry.
This is the 31st fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 31 fatalities. This is the 9th accident classified as powered haulage reported in the coal mining industry in 2000. At this time in 1999, there were 8 powered haulage accidents reported in the coal mining industry.
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