Fatality Alert - Fatality #5 - April 2, 2009

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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, April 2, 2009, a 29-year old surface rock truck driver was fatally injured when he was pinned between the railing outside of the operator's cab and the dump bed of the truck he was operating. The driver had seen oil spillage on the ground during a run into the pit staging area. He exited the operator's compartment and was standing against the hand rail at the rear of the operators cab (drivers side) when the bed dropped. 

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This is the fifth fatality reported in calendar year 2009 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2008, there were seven fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the second Powered Haulage fatality in 2009. At this time in 2008, there were two fatalities in this classification.