COAL MINE FATALITY - On October 22, 2003, at approximately 10:00 a.m., a 41-year-old continuous mining machine operator was fatally injured when he was pinched between the continuous mining machine and the coal rib. The victim was positioning the machine by remote control for an end-cut while second mining a coal pillar. As the continuous mining machine was being trammed toward the next cut, it pivoted to the right; crushing the victim between the cutting head and the rib of the outby coal pillar.
This is the 27th fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2002, there were 23 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the 3rd fatality classified as Underground Machinery in 2003. At this time in 2002, there were 2 fatalities classified as Underground Machinery.
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