Fatality #21 - November 2, 2011
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 David Faulkner, Lead Accident Investigator at 606-546-5123.
While conducting reclamation work at the top of a graded slope, the operator appears to have lost control of the Caterpillar D6T dozer, overturned and rolled approximately 250 feet to the bottom of the slope. The injured employee has been air lifted to the hospital. Kentucky OMSL and MSHA personnel are on site conducting an accident investigation.
COAL MINE FATALITY - On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, a 28 year old bulldozer operator, with approximately 8 years of mining experience, was injured at a surface mine. The victim was conducting reclamation work on top of a graded slope when he lost control of the bulldozer and it rolled over several times, approximately 250 feet to the bottom of the slope. The operator was wearing a seat belt, but sustained serious injuries. He was hospitalized and died subsequently on November 14, 2011.