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Fatality #18 & #19 - October 28, 2011

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Equality, Kentucky
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Armstrong Energy Inc.
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: October 28, 2011 - 6:27am

Public Notice

This posting serves to provide a public notice to employees of the mine, employees of the mining company(s), employees of independent contractors with any connection to the mine, persons with any connection to the mine, and any person with information regarding the cause or contributing factors of this accident. Please provide any information to Bill Barnwell, Lead Accident Investigator at 270-256-0400.

Preliminary Report

On October 28, 2011 at approximately 6:27 a.m. a certified blaster and blaster helper received fatal injuries at the Equality Mine operated by Annstrong Coal Company. A portion of the highwall failed in the west end of the #11 pit covering the truck and the two miners. A 103(J) Order has been issued and MSHA investigators are on site conducting an investigation. 

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, October 28, 2011, a 47-year old lead blaster and 23-year old blaster helper were killed when the 1-ton truck they were riding was struck and completely covered by fallen rock from a failed highwall. The victims were driving in the pit, past a trackhoe loading coal as they approached their work area.

Final Report

CAI-2011-18 and 19