Fatality #5 - March 17, 2012
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 Thomas Tamasco , Lead Accident Investigator at 304-225-6800.
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, at approximately 9:45 a.m., a foreman sustained fatal injuries at the launch (staging) area of the No. 1 Pit. The victim was attempting to attach a nylon lanyard to the duck bill of a Caterpillar 988 F Series 2 front end loader and a Add-a-Car Highwall miner transportation dolly. The victim was positioned between the transportation dolly and the front end loader as the front end loader was driving into place. The victim was pinched between the duck bill of the front end loader and the frame of the transportation dolly.
COAL MINE FATALITY - On Saturday, March 17, 2012, a 55-year-old surface foreman with 19 years of mining experience was killed when he was caught between the frame of a highwall miner transportation dolly and a front-end loader with a duck bill attachment.