Fatality #6 - May 14, 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:
Harry Wilcox, Lead Accident Investigator
On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a roof bolter operator was fatally injured. The victim was pinned between a roof bolting machine and the coal rib as he was walking along side of the roof bolter. This accident occurred on the roadway to the Viking Portal No. 1 longwall tailgate section. The section equipment was in the process of being removed from the longwall set up rooms.
COAL MINE FATALITY – On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, a 25-year-old roof bolter operator with 1 year and 44 weeks mining experience was killed when he was pinned between a roof-bolting machine and the coal rib. The victim and another roof bolter operator were in the process of tramming the roof-bolting machine in the outby direction in the No. 3 entry on the No. 1 Longwall Tailgate. They had trammed the roof bolting machine from the 151 crosscut to approximately the 89 ½ crosscut when the accident occurred. The victim was found on the left side of the roof-bolting machine between the machine and the coal rib.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Underground Coal Mine
May 14, 2014
MC #1 Mine
M-Class Mining, LLC
Macedonia, Franklin County, Illinois
I.D. No. 11-03189
Coal Mine Safety and Health Inspector