Preliminary Report - Fatality #5 - March 17, 2012

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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. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner.