MSHA -      Fatal Alert Bulletin

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION

Surface of Underground Coal Mine

Fatal Machinery Accident
August 16, 2000

APPENDIX B


Figure 4 - Shows a closeup of the catwalk support bracket, made from a piece of C-channel, which Dalton welded into place just before the accident. This image was taken from the same perspective as Figure 3 (See Overview).

Click on Picture for Enlargement Figure 5- Shows closeups of the same bracket from the opposite side. The bolts attaching the bracket to the catwalk are visible in both of these images.

Click on Picture for Enlargement Figure 6 - Shows closeups of the same bracket from the opposite side. The bolts attaching the bracket to the catwalk are visible in both of these images.

Click on Picture for Enlargement Figure 7 - View of the Accident Site from the 4th Floor. Prior to the accident, the scaffold board was positioned farther to the left than shown above.

Click on Picture for Enlargement Figure 8 - This image shows the head end of washer flight conveyor. As shown in this picture, this structure was not guarded at the time of the accident.

Click on Picture for Enlargement Figure 9 - This image shows the return flights above the magnetite bath while the washer is in operation. The sprocket located near the tail end of the washer is visible below the chain. These exposed, unguarded, moving machine parts were less than one foot below the victim's feet at the time of the accident.

Click on Picture for Enlargement Figure 10 - This image shows one of the attachment plates where a flight bolts to the conveyor chain. This appears to be the most likely structure to have caught the lanyard loop. A linear indentation across one side of the secondary lanyard matches the shape of this structure.



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