COAL MINE FATALITY - On August 31, 2010, a 25-year old truck driver, with 16 weeks and 3 days of mining experience, was killed when the truck he was driving left the haulage road. The truck traveled approximately 11 feet up an embankment on the left side of the haulage road, and then abruptly traveled back across the haulage road. Afterwards, the truck impacted a 5 foot high berm, travelled over the berm, and dropped 72 feet to the mine pit below.
This is the 43rd fatality reported during calendar year 2010 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2009, there were 10 fatalities reported in coal mining. This is the 5th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2010. At this time in 2009, there were 4 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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