COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday February 5, 2004, a 33-year old electrician with six years mining experience was fatally injured while repairing a damaged 995 volt trailing cable. During a mine-wide power outage, the victim began repairing a damaged continuous mining machine trailing cable. While preparing to splice the third and final power phase, underground electrical power was restored and the electrical circuit breaker was engaged in the closed position causing a fatal electrical shock. The continuous mining machine trailing cable plug was not tagged or locked out.
This is the fourth fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2003, there were five fatalities reported in coal mining. This is the first fatality classified as Electrical in 2004. There was one Electrical fatality at this time 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