COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, July 29, 2010, at approximately 11:55 a.m., the left side integral roof bolter operator on a continuous mining machine was fatally injured. The victim was struck with a portion of rib measuring approximately 276 inches long by 55 inches high and up to 16 inches thick. The accident occurred while cutting an overcast. The victim had installed one test bolt and was near the left rear bumper of the machine, when the accident occurred. The rock in the left rib sheared off pinning, the victim against the machine.
This is the 42nd fatality reported during calendar year 2010 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2009, there were 9 fatalities reported in coal mining. This is the 3rd fatality classified as Fall of Face/Rib/Highwall in 2010. At this time in 2009, 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.
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