COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, March 17, 2003, a 48-year old independent contractor truck driver, with 27 years of total experience, was fatally injured at a surface coal mine. The driver was hauling a load of coal up an inclined haul road when the truck apparently stopped and began descending back down the haul road. The victim exited the cab and was run over by the truck's front wheel.
This is the 7th fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2002, there were 8 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the 2nd fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2003. At this time in 2002, there were two fatalities classified as Powered Haulage.
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