COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, October 30, 2000, a 46-year old shuttle car operator, with 25 years mining experience, was fatally injured when struck by a piece of falling roof rock. The victim was helping load a battery charger into a scoop bucket when the accident occurred. The roof rock fell out from between installed roof bolts striking the victim. The roof rock that fell broke into two pieces. One piece measured approximately 42" x 45" x 1 3/4" thick and the other measured approximately 47" x 54" x 1/4" thick.
This is the 33rd fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 31 fatalities. This is the 3rd fatal accident classified as a roof fall reported in the coal mining industry in 2000. At this time in 1999, there were 8 roof fall fatal 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