COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, August 15, 2011, a 46 year old miner was killed when he was struck by a portion of the mine roof that fell from an area adjacent to a longwall shield. The accident occurred during a longwall move, while the victim was installing a wooden crib in an area where a longwall face shield had been removed previously. The victim had approximately five years experience with this activity.
This is the 13th fatality reported during calendar year 2011 in the coal mining industry. This is the first fatality classified as a Fall of Roof or Back accident in 2011. Forty-two coal mine fatalities occurred in 2010 within the same period. Two Fall of Roof or Back fatalities occurred in 2010 in the same period.
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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report