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CAI-2010-33
UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION

Underground Coal Mine

Fatal Machinery Accident
April 22, 2010

ICG Beckley LLC
Beckley Pocahontas Mine
Eccles (Raleigh County) WV.
MSHA ID No. 46-05252

Martin Carver
Coal Mine Safety and Health Inspector

William Bane
Coal Mine Safety and Health Inspector

Robert Hatfield
Coal Mine Safety and Health Electrical

Originating Office
Mine Safety and Health Administration
District 4
100 Bluestone Road
Mount Hope, West Virginia, 25880
Robert G. Hardman, District Manager




OVERVIEW

On Thursday, April 22, 2010, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a 28-year old continuous miner operator was operating a continuous mining machine. He sustained fatal injuries when he was crushed between the machine's conveyor boom and the coal rib. The victim was attempting to move the off standard continuous mining machine from the No. 6 Left coal face to the No. 8 Right coal face. As the mining machine was trammed, with the boom fully swung to the operator's side, the machine contacted the right coal rib with the cutter head and the boom contacted the victim positioned on the left rib, crushing his pelvic area.

The accident occurred because the victim was positioned in a hazardous area while mobile equipment was in motion.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Beckley Pocahontas Mine is owned by International Coal Group, Inc. (ICG), and operated by ICG Beckley LLC, Eccles, Raleigh County, WV. The victim was an employee of Beckley Pocahontas Mine for two years and six weeks.

Bituminous coal is mined using room and pillar mining methods. The mine normally operates two production shifts per day, five days a week. The mine employs 223 persons with 15 working on the surface, 208 underground miners, and produces an average of 7,560 tons of raw material a day.

The principal officers for the mine at the time of the accident were: