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Fatality #14 - August 18, 2008

Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Coolspring Mining Inc, Pennsylvania
Mine Controller: William R Snoddy
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
Incident Date/Time: August 18, 2008 09:45 am

Robert J. Stoots, a 28-year old contractor welder, was fatally injured on August 18, 2008, while helping to install a 7,000 pound counterweight on a mine scaler. The chain being used to lift the counterweight failed, causing the counterweight to fall and strike the victim. 

The accident occurred because management policies, procedures, and controls were inadequate. A risk assessment to discuss the task with the crew and identify possible hazards was not conducted prior to lifting the counterweight. The connectors used for lifting the counterweight were underrated for the load being lifted. 


METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 18, 2008, a 28 year-old contractor mechanic/welder with 8 years experience was fatally injured on the surface at an underground stone mine. A crane was being used to lower into place a 7,000 pound counterweight for a scaling machine. The victim was checking alignment of the bolt holes for the counterweight when one of connectors on the rigging broke, causing the counterweight to swing and strike him. The second connector then broke and the counterweight fell on top of the victim.