COAL MINE FATALITY - On December 19, 2000, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a 24-year old contract truck driver, with approximately fifteen months experience, sustained fatal injuries. He was preparing to dump his load along side another truck that was in the process of dumping it's load. The coal in the other truck was frozen and would not discharge when the bed was raised. When the trailer reached maximum extension the trailer tipped over landing on the cab of the victim's truck.
This is the 37th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 32 fatalities. This is the 10th accident classified as powered haulage reported in the coal mining industry in 2000. As of this date in 1999, there were 5 fatal accidents classified as powered haulage 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