Fatality #4 - March 10, 2012

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Kingston No. 2, West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: March 10, 2012 - 6:15pm

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 Lee Barker , Lead Accident Investigator at 304-877-3900 ext. 13.

Preliminary Report

At approximately 6:15p.m., Jeremy Sigler, section foreman on the No.1 Section, was fatally injured while operating the continuous mining machine in the No.2 entry. The victim was struck by rock which fell from the right rib. The portion of the rib which fell and struck the victim was approximately 10.5 feet long, 40 inches tal!, and from 1 to 10 inches thick. The rib rock overlies the coal seam and was being mined as the section advanced.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Saturday, March 10, 2012, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a 34-year-old section foreman with 11 years of experience was killed while operating a continuous mining machine in the No. 2 entry. He was struck by a section of rock that fell from the right-hand rib. The rock was approximately 10 feet and 6 inches long, 3 feet and 4 inches high, and 10 inches thick.

Final Report

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION 

Underground Coal Mine 

Fatal Rib Roll Accident
March 10, 2012