Preliminary Report - Fatality #1 - January 11, 2012

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On January 11, 2012 at approximately 7:40p.m., a miner was injured while repairing a damaged 1-1/2 inch fire valve along the main track/belt entry. When pressure was re-applied to the water line, the fire valve catastrophically failed, separated from the 6 inch water line and struck the victim in the forehead/face causing serious injuries. First aid was given and the injured miner was transported by ambulance to a local medical facility. Later in the evening he was transferred to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee where he received treatment in the Intensive Care II nit' 1ntil I an' 1ary 18, 2012. At 16:12 on January 18, 2012 the victim died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident.