COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 2, 2003, a 49 year old continuous mining machine operator, with 30 years of mining experience, was fatally injured when he was struck in the neck by a small piece of metal. The operator had mined 12 feet of coal from the left side of 2 left crosscut and moved the continuous mining machine to the right side of the working place. Approximately 18 inches of coal was mined from the right side when the operator was struck in the neck by a broken bit fragment.
This is the 20th fatal accident reported in calendar year 2003 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2002, there were 15 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the fourth fatal accident classified as machinery reported in the coal mining industry in 2003. At this time in 2002, there was one fatal accident 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