Fatality #3 - March 25, 2014
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:
Dustin Galloway, Lead Accident Investigator
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at approximately 1:45 a.m. (CDT), a mechanic trainee was fatally injured while working on an Auxier Welding Inc. belt feeder located on the No. 4 working section. The victim was in the process of cutting through the inner left-side side plate, and when the cut was completed, the cat frame pivoted upward, pinning the victim between the cat track and frame of the feeder. The side plates connect the hopper jack assembles to the cat frame.
COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at approximately 1:45 a.m., a 41-year-old mechanic trainee with 23 weeks of mining experience was killed while working on a belt feeder. The victim was cutting through the inner left side plate of the crawler assembly that connects the hopper jack assemblies to the crawler frame. When the cut was completed, the crawler assembly pivoted upward, pinning the victim between the crawler track and the frame of the feeder.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
(Underground Coal Mine)
Fatal Machinery Accident
March 25, 2014
Gibson County Coal LLC
Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana
ID No. 12-02215