Coal Mine Fatality - On September 24, 2004, at approximately 8:40 P.M., a 46 year-old face equipment operator with 30 years mining experience was fatally injured in an underground coal mine. The victim and a qualified electrician were preparing to connect a high-voltage coupler to a receptacle labeled "FEED THROUGH" on a 7,200 VAC high-voltage switch house. The electrician thought the receptacle was incorrectly labeled and that it was actually an output receptacle. After opening the visual disconnect and cleaning the coupler, he went to the personnel carrier. When he heard the victim cry out, the electrician turned and saw him within arms reach of the exposed receptacle. The victim suffered an electrical shock resulting in the fatality. The feed through receptacle was energized because the monitor circuit was shorted in another receptacle.
This is the 18th fatality reported in the coal mining industry in calendar year 2004, and this is the 3rd fatality classified as Electrical. As of September 24, 2003, there were 27 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry, with 4 of those classified as Electrical.
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