Fatality #20 - November 23, 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 Franklin D. Thomas, 304-225-6833.
On November 23, 2013, at approximately 4:00 p.m., a longwall shieldman with was struck by a high pressure hydraulic hose or hydraulic fluid resulting in a fatality. The accident occurred near the 144 shield on the 2 West Longwall Section. The shearer was mining towards the head and as the No. 144 shield advanced, a hydraulic hose extending from the panline to a shield control unit got caught between the pontoon and the mine floor. The victim actuated the pan line push from a shield control unit and stepped over the hydraulic hose.
COAL MINE FATALITY - On Saturday, November 23, 2013, a 32-year-old longwall shieldman with 5 years of mining experience was killed when he was struck by high pressure hydraulic fluid from a panline valve bank. The victim was advancing shields and the panline when a hydraulic hose extending from the panline to a shield was pinched between a shield pontoon and the mine floor. As the shields and panline advanced, a fitting on the hydraulic hose broke where it was attached to a panline valve bank.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Underground Coal Mine
Fatal Machinery Accident
November 23, 2013
American Energy Corporation
Beallsville, Belmont County, Ohio
I.D. No. 33-01070
Coal Mine Safety & Health inspector