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Fatality #14 - November 10, 2014

Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
Location: Crawdad No 1 Mine, West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Kristopher C Lilly
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: November 10, 2014 - 9:35pm

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:

Jan Lyall, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 304-225-6816

Preliminary Report

At approximately, 09:35 p.m., on Monday, November 10, 2014, Raymond Savage, a 49 year old Section Foreman was fatally injured when he was struck by a large rock that fell from the roof. The victim was operating a roof bolter on the 2 North Section (002-0 MMU) in the No. 2 Entry at the time of the accident. The rock measured approximately 5 feet long by 3 feet wide, and was 13 inches at its thickest point. It fell inby the last row of support between the ATRS and the left rib. The victim was transported by EMS to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY – On Monday, November 10, 2014, at approximately 9:35 p.m., a 49-year-old section foreman with 27 years of mining experience was killed when he was struck by a large rock that measured 5 feet by 3 feet by 13 inches thick.  The victim was operating the roof bolting machine on the 2 North section in the No. 2 entry at the time of the accident.  The rock fell inby the last full row of permanent roof supports and between the automated temporary roof support (ATRS) and the left rib.

Final Report


Coal Mine Safety and Health


Underground Coal Mine

Fatal Fall of Roof Accident 
November 10, 2014

Red Bone Mining Company 
Crawdad No. 1 Mine 
Maidsville, Monongalia County, WV 
I.D. No. 46-05589

Accident Investigators

Jan B. Lyall 
Mine Safety and Health Specialist-Roof Control