COAL MINE FATALITY - On Wednesday, April 9, 2003, a 20-year old truck driver, with 8 months and 9 days 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 partially pinned beneath the truck bed when the truck rolled over, crushing his legs and burying him under the coal.
This is the 10th fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2002, there were 9 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the 4th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2003. At this time in 2002, there were 2 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