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Fatality #3 - March 08, 2015

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: McElroy Mine, West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Ohio Valley Resources, Inc.
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: March 8, 2015 - 6:01pm

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:

Nicholas K. Blevins, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 304.225.6882

Preliminary Report

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, at approximately 9:00 p.m., a 44 year old assistant longwall coordinator working on the 12-East longwall section was fatally injured. The victim was shoveling loose material from between the longwall face and the pan line when a large piece of rib fell from the face and pinned him on the mine floor. The rib that struck the victim measured 12 feet long by 5 feet high by 1 foot thick.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY – On March 8, 2015, a 45-year old assistant longwall coordinator with twelve years of experience was killed while working a longwall section.  The victim was shoveling loose material between the longwall face and the pan line when a large piece of rock, 12 feet long by 5 feet wide by 1 foot thick, fell from the face and struck him. 

Final Report

CAI-2015-03 UNITED STATES

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION 

Underground Coal Mine 

Fatal Fall of Face Accident
March 8, 2015