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Fatality #8 - May 3, 2008

Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Ahart's Hauling, Kentucky
Mine Controller: Debbie F Ahart
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Incident Date/Time: May 3, 2008 03:15 pm

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On May 3, 2008, a 51 year-old mine owner with 45 weeks experience was fatally injured at a surface sand and gravel operation. He was working alone, operating an excavator on the water-covered floor of the pit, attempting to clean a clogged drainage ditch. When the victim moved the excavator, one of the crawler tracks fell into an 8-foot deep sump hole that was not visible due to the high water. The excavator fell on its side, trapping him inside the cab.