COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, May 17, 2012, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a 57-year-old mechanic was killed at a coal preparation plant. The victim was standing on a 14-foot fiberglass extension ladder when it became unstable and slid across an I-beam. He fell down an adjacent hoist well opening 39 feet to the concrete floor below. He was attempting to cut and remove a 12-inch hoist beam located above the third floor in the plant.
This is the eighth fatality reported in calendar year 2012 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2011, there were four fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the second fatality classified as a Slip or Fall of Person accident in 2012. At this time in 2011, there was no fatality 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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report