Preliminary Report - Fatality #7 - April 25, 2012

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The victim was in the process of dismantling the conveyor stacker belt from the surface area of an inactive underground coal mine. When the victim completed the final torch cut from the elevated upslope stacker frame support beam that contained the counter-weight, the structure fell contacting the walkway (catwalk) where the victim was located down slope. This section of the walkway (catwalk), approximately 25 feet in length, broke loose from the main structure causing the victim to fall approximately 20 feet to his death.