Coal Mine Fatality - On Saturday, November 20, 2004, an equipment operator was fatally injured while operating an excavator close to a highwall. While loading spoil into trucks, with the operator's cab positioned on the highwall side, the highwall collapsed and crushed the cab. The work was being performed near old underground mine works.
This is the 25th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2003, there were 30 fatalities. This is the second fatality classified as Fall of face/rib/side or highwall in 2004.
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