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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, February 25, 2008, a 50-year old surveyor (contractor) with 8 years of total experience was fatally injured while surveying in an active underground continuous mining machine section. The victim was struck by a loaded shuttle car as it traveled through a run-through check curtain.

Photo of Accident Scene Described in the paragraph above


Best Practices
  • Never position yourself in an area or location where equipment operators cannot readily see you.
  • Before operating mobile equipment, always ensure that other miners are not in the area of your intended travel.
  • Sound warnings when the operator's visibility is obstructed, such as when making tight turns, reversing direction, or approaching curtains.
  • Wear reflective clothing to ensure high visibility when necessary to walk or work in the area of moving equipment.
  • Perform surveying at times when the section is not in production.
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    This is the fifth fatality reported in calendar year 2008 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2007, there were three fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the second Powered Haulage fatality in 2008. At this time in 2007, there were no fatalities in this classification.


    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:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report