COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, March 2, 2004, a 50-year old maintenance foreman with 31 years of mining experience was fatally injured when a coal stockpile collapsed as he directed work to prepare for the replacement of an underground feeder. A dozer removed coal stockpiled above the feeder, creating 58-foot high coal banks on both sides of the exposed feeder chute opening. The victim then stood near the chute and directed a front-end loader to maneuver a steel plate over the opening so that the feeder could be accessed from below. Immediately after the plate was placed over the feeder, the right coal bank partially collapsed. The victim was knocked down and covered with approximately three feet of coal.
This is the sixth fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2003, there were seven fatalities reported in coal mining. This is the first fatality classified as Sliding Material in 2004. There were no Sliding Material fatalities 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