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Fatality #4 - March 6, 2009

Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Dolet Hills Lignite Company, Louisiana
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: American Electric Power Company Inc
Mined Material: Coal (Lignite)
Incident Date/Time: March 6, 2009 - 6:45am

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, March 6, 2009, a dragline oiler with 5 years of mining experience, was fatally injured at a surface lignite mine. While the dragline was being deadheaded or walked to a new cut in the pit, the oiler needed to add extra grease to the cam slide area of the walking mechanism. He walked from one shoe to the other through the dragline house, and was last seen standing on the end of the catwalk on the shoe. The victim was found in a pinch point between the shoe and the dragline house, approximately 10 feet from where he was last seen. 

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