Highwalls and work areas should be thoroughly examined for hazardous conditions and any loose material should be scaled from the highwall.
Mining systems should ensure that equipment operating personnel's work or travel areas are a safe distance from the toe of the highwall.
Personnel should be thoroughly trained in the requirements of the company's ground control plan.
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This is the 7th fatal accident reported in calendar year 2002 for the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2001, there was one fatality reported for the coal mining industry. This is the first fatal accident classified as a fall of highwall in 2002. At this time in 2001, there were no fatal accidents classified as fall of highwall for 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