Fatality #8 - June 23, 2009
COAL MINE FATALITY - At approximately 11:00 pm on June 23, 2009, a roof bolter was struck by a piece of shale that fell from the mine roof. The victim was in the process of setting a roof jack on the left inby corner of the crosscut between the No. 2 and No. 1 entries when he was struck by the rock. A portion of this corner had been mined, a normal practice at this mine. The rock measured approximately 4 feet long by 3 feet wide, and ranged from 9 to 11 inches thick. This section was mined with a full face continuous mining machine with integral bolting machines.