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Fatality #6 - March 12, 2008

Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Alloy Prep Plant #1, West Virginia
Mine Controller: Appalachian Fuels Inc.
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: March 12, 2008 12:10 pm

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, a 47-year old mechanic/contractor with 21 years of experience was fatally injured while attempting to remove a front guard assembly (belly pan) from a bulldozer. The victim was positioned beneath the bulldozer, removing mounting bolts from the bulldozer guard. The guard was supported by a chain attached to a remote-operated truck-mounted crane. As the bolts were removed, the chain support slipped and the guard fell.