Fatality #18 - November 30, 2012

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Pocahontas Mine , West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: November 30, 2012 - 1:20am

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 Keith Stone, Lead Investigator, 304-877-3900 ext. 137.

Preliminary Report

At approximately 1:20 a.m., on Friday, November 30, 2012, a 27-year old section electrician was fatally injured when he was caught between the maintenance scoop and the ripper head of the continuous mining machine. The accident occurred on the No.2 section, 006 mechanized mining unit. As he was performing maintenance on the continuous mining machine, the maintenance scoop traveled through a ventilation curtain in the No. 6 right crosscut, striking the victim.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, November 30, 2012, a 27-year old electrician was killed when he was caught between a battery-powered maintenance scoop and the cutting head of a continuous mining machine. The accident occurred on a working section while the electrician was performing maintenance work on the cutting head of the continuous mining machine, which was parked in an entry.

Final Report

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION 

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