Preliminary Report - Fatality #38 - June 16, 2010

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On June 16, 2010, at approximately 3:43 p.m., a 42 year old Section Foreman with 17 years of mining experience, received fatal injuries in a Fall of Rib Accident on the Retreating 001 MMU. A section of the rib measuring 12 feet wide x 15 feet 6 inches high x 9 feet thick fell knocking over a 100-Ton rated Heintzmann jack striking the victim in the head. The victim was transported to the surface where he was prounounced dead at approximately 6:20 p.m. District Accident investigators, along with MSHA Technical Support, are investigating the accident.