Fatality #14 - July 3, 2013
(Determined to be Chargeable September 4, 2013)
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 Lead Investigator Walter R. Young, 724-627-5558 ext. 234.
On July 3, 2013, at approximately 4:30p.m., a fatal accident occurred at the Maple Creek Preparation Plant's Ginger Hill #1 Pond (1211 PA200058-01 ). An 87 year old male was operating a skid steer type machine with a brush hog mowing device mounted on the front of it. He was mowing the impoundment embankment, when for some unknown reason the skid steer machine traveled into the impoundment's waters. The accident occurred 541 feet from where the gate across the breast of the impoundment is located and the embankment in this area is approximately 40 degrees.
COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 3, 2013, an 87-year-old contract employee was mowing an impoundment embankment with a skid steer machine equipped with a front-mounted brush mower. The victim was mowing the 40 degree embankment in a vertical direction when the machine traveled into the impounded water, submerging the machine, and drowning the operator.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Impoundment for Inactive Surface Coal Cleaning Facility
Fatal Machinery Accident
July 3, 2013