Fatality #18 - October 11, 2013

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Prosperity Mine, Indiana
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Donald Blankenberger
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: October 11, 2013 - 2:20pm

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 Lead Investigator Dustin Galloway, 812-789-3946.

Preliminary Report

At approximately 2:20 pm (EST), a shuttle car driver on Unit No. 5 was tramming in a crosscut from entry 5 to entry 6. The car driver saw the victim and stopped. They talked a few seconds. The victim proceeded by the car and walked straight into the next crosscut between entries 6 and 7 thinking that the car driver would turn down entry 6 to go around the pillar. The victim told the car driver that he was in the clear. The car driver did not turn down entry No. 6 as the victim thought but continued forward through the crosscut between entries 6 and 7.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, October 11, 2013, a 59-year-old shuttle car operator, with approximately 22 years of mining experience, was killed when a shuttle car struck him. The victim was in the crosscut between the No. 6 and No. 7 entries. This crosscut and adjoining entries were being used to gain access to rooms being mined on the right side of the section.

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 Powered Haulage Accident
October 11, 2013

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Prosperity Mine
Five Star Mining Inc.
Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana
ID No. 12-02249