COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, October 7, 2011, a 23-year-old section repairman with five years of mining experience was killed when a continuous haulage conveyor fell on him. A rock had been used to block up the continuous haulage conveyor. The victim was working beneath the continuous haulage conveyor attempting to repair the bridge conveyor chain.
This is the 16th fatality reported during calendar year 2011 in the coal mining industry. This is the first fatality classified as a Falling Material accident in 2011. Forty-four coal mine fatalities occurred in 2010 within the same period. No Falling Material fatality occurred last year.
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