COAL MINE FATALITY - On Sunday, September 23, 2001, a roof fall occurred in an intersection next to a battery charging station. The battery charging station and possibly the adjacent permanent stopping were compromised by the roof fall. A short time after the roof fall, an explosion occurred injuring several miners. Some time later, a secondary explosion occurred which resulted in 13 fatalities.
These are the 20th through 32nd fatalities, reported in calendar year 2001, in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2000, there were 29 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the first fatal accident classified as ignition/explosion reported in the coal mining industry in 2001. At this time in 2000, there were two underground fatalities classified as ignition/explosion 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