COAL MINE FATALITY - On Wednesday, June 16, 2004, a 45 year old general inside laborer with 23 years mining experience was fatally injured when he became trapped between an upright steel channel and a moving bunker car. The victim was washing down the area at the time of the accident. Apparently the bunker operator was unaware of the victim's location.
This is the 12th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2003, there were 16 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the 6th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2004. At this time in 2003, there were 4 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