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Fatality #9 - May 16, 2008

Accident Classification: Electrical
Location: Aracoma Alma Mine #1, West Virginia
Mine Controller: Massey Energy Company
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: May 16, 2008 08:45 pm

On Friday, May 16, 2008, Nathan Dove, a 24-year old electrician with approximately four years of mining experience, was fatally injured at the Aracoma Alma #1 Mine, ID No. 46-08801, Aracoma Coal Company, Inc. While starting repairs on the No. 2 Joy Shuttle Car, he cut into an energized 480 volt phase lead in the trailing cable at the reel area of the car. The victim was in the process of re-entering the cable into the reel where two phase leads had been damaged due to electrical arcing. 


COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, May 16, 2008, a 24 year old electrician with 4 years of mining experience was fatally injured when he cut into an energized shuttle car trailing cable. The victim was attempting to make an electrical repair on the shuttle car when he used a cable cutter tool to cut into an energized lead.