COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday June 10, 2005, at approximately 4:45 p.m., a 24-year old roof bolting machine operator with 5 years mining experience, 40 weeks at the mine, received fatal crushing injuries. The victim was performing utility man duties when he was caught under the front end of a shuttle car.
Remain in a safe area away from mobile equipment. Before operating mobile equipment, always ensure that other miners are not in the area of your intended travel. Wear reflective clothing to ensure high visibility when necessary to walk or work in the area of moving mobile equipment. Exercise caution and signal your presence to mobile equipment operators.
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This is the eighth fatality reported during calendar year 2005 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2004, there were 12 fatalities reported in coal mining. This is the fifth fatality classified as powered haulage in 2005. There were five fatalities in this category at this time 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