Fatality #32 - April 11, 2010
COAL MINE FATALITY - On April 11, 2010, a 61-year old contract iron worker/mine fireboss with 20 years of mining experience was fatally injured while installing pre-fabricated metal stairs on the side of a fan housing. The stair stringer had been hoisted into place and clamped at the top with two "locking pliers-type" C-clamps. The bottom of the inclined stringer was lying on a 6x6 inch timber. To level the stair treads, a 6x6 inch timber was going to be replaced with a 4x4 inch timber. To replace the 6x6 timber, rigging was fastened near the lower part of the stringer.