All personnel should remain a safe distance from any pinch point areas of the continuous miners. All personnel should verify their proposed route of travel is clear when tramming continuous miners into position. Adequate task training should be performed to assure safe operation of equipment.
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This is the 6th fatal accident, reported in calendar year 2001, in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2000, there were nine fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the first fatal accident, classified as Machinery, reported in the coal mining industry in 2001. At this time in 2000, there were two fatal accidents, classified as Machinery, 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