Preliminary Report - Fatality #11 - December 8, 2015

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At approximately 7:53 pm CST on December 8, 2015, a 20-year-old supplyman was fatally injured while hauling a longwall face conveyor chain on a shield trailer pulled by a diesel tractor down a 9 (nine) degree slope haulage/belt travelway that was approximately 2,900 ft. long. The victim was unable to negotiate the left turn at the crosscut at the bottom of the slope and impacted the coal rib. The 5th wheel trailer connection on the tractor broke on impact and the trailer traveled over the tractor and sheared off the canopy of the operator's compartment. The victim received fatal blunt force injuries.