COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, August 2, 2004, a 38-year old roof bolter operator with 14 years mining experience, was fatally injured when he was struck by falling roof rock of undetermined length, 18 feet wide, and 0-60 inches in thickness. The victim was working with the section crew and had been installing timbers during retreat mining, shortly before the accident occurred. The victim was located inby the turn timbers, in the number 2 entry, observing the roof conditions for the continuous miner operator, when the roof suddenly fell.
This is the 15th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2003, there were 21 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the third fatality classified as Fall of Roof or Back in 2004. At this time in 2003, there were no fatalities classified as Fall of Roof or Back.
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