COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, April 15, 2003, a fatal machinery accident claimed the life of a 43-year-old continuous mining machine operator with 12 years of mining experience. The operator had completed mining in the face of No. 2 entry and was backing up the remote control continuous miner to clean up the left side of the cut. The operator was found behind the line curtain and was pinned between the left rear of the continuous mining machine and the left rib.
This is the 11th fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2002, there were 10 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the 1st fatality classified Machinery in 2003. At this time in 2002, there was one fatality classified as 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