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Fatality #5 - May 28, 2015

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: No. 11 Allen Branch Job, Kentucky
Mine Controller: Cambrian Coal Corp
Mine Type: Surface
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: May 28, 2015 11:55 am

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:

Todd Belcher, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 606.432.0943


On May 28, 2015 at approximately 11:55 am., a 45 year old foreman received fatal crushing injuries when he was pinned between the rear of a road grader and front of a loaded tractor and trailer. The tractor and trailer was transporting a highwall miner to the job site and encountered a steep incline that could not pull on its on power. A road grader was brought to assist the tractor up the incline. The foreman was between the two machines connecting a chain when the grader rolled back crushing the victim. 


COAL MINE FATALITY – On May 28, 2015, a 45-year-old surface foreman with 27 years of experience was killed when he was crushed between the frames of a road grader and a tractor that was transporting a base power module for a highwall miner.  The foreman was in the process of connecting a chain between the two machines when the road grader rolled back and crushed him.