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Fatality #2 - January 12, 2008

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Sulphur Springs Strip, Texas
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Energy Future Holdings Corporation
Mined Material: Coal (Lignite)
Incident Date/Time: January 12, 2008 - 5:07am

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Saturday, January 12, 2008, a fall of highwall accident resulted in fatal injuries to a shovel operator with 22 years of mining experience. The shovel was located parallel to and approximately 40 feet away from the toe of the highwall which was approximately 45 feet high. During a normal work break, the shovel operator climbed off the shovel. While the shovel operator was positioned between the toe of the highwall and the shovel, the highwall collapsed and pushed the victim against the track of the shovel.

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