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Fatality #10 - May 22, 2008

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Oak Grove Mine, Alabama
Mine Controller: Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: May 22, 2008 01:00 pm
FATALITY ALERT

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, May 22, 2008, a 64-year old underground locomotive (motor) operator with 25 years experience was fatally injured when he was pinned between his motor and a longwall shearer being transported on a rail type carrier. The victim, three other operators, and a foreman, were transporting the longwall shearer body to a longwall setup section when the carrier derailed as it was moving upgrade. The victim dismounted the #3 motor to assist in rerailing the carrier. He was between the motor and the carrier when the motor(s) slid or rolled back, crushing him between the shearer body and locomotive. 

FINAL REPORT
CAI-2008-10

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION 

Underground Coal Mine 

Fatal Powered Haulage Accident
May 22, 2008