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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, April 22, 2008, a 61-year old roof bolting machine operator with 30 years of mining experience was fatally injured while observing a continuous mining machine producing coal at the working face. A rock approximately 36" x 72" x (0"-14") fell from the roof, striking the victim and the continuous mining machine operator. The victim was fatally injured by the roof fall and the continuous mining machine operator received nonfatal injuries.

Photo of Accident Scene Described in the paragraph above


Best Practices
  • Conduct a thorough visual examination of the roof, face, and ribs immediately before any work is performed and thereafter as conditions warrant.
  • Be alert to any change of roof conditions.
  • Identify and remove loose roof material from a safe position.
  • Mine personnel not essential to the specific activity should remain outside the work zone.
  • More Information E-mail Suggestion for Accident Prevention Program Submit your own suggestion for a remedy to prevent this type of accident in the future.
    Please specify if you wish your submission to be anonymous or whether your name may be used. Please include the year of the fatality and the fatality number.


    This is the eighth fatality reported in calendar year 2008 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2007, there were six fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the first Roof Fall fatality in 2008. At this time in 2007, there were two 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