COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, January 22, 2004, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a 29-year-old laborer with seven years experience was fatally injured on the surface of an underground coal mine. The victim was operating an Eimco 975 diesel-powered utility vehicle to obtain a water tank trailer when he collided with the canopy of a longwall shield that was stored in the supply yard. The collision resulted in fatal injuries. The utility vehicle was not equipped with a protective cab or canopy.
This powered haulage accident is the second fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2003, four fatalities were reported in the coal mining industry. There were ten fatalities classified as powered haulage in 2003.
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