Fatality #2 - January 16, 2016

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: 4 West Mine, Pennsylvania
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: GenPower Holdings LP;James L Laurita Jr
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: January 16, 2016 - 5:50pm

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:

Jeremy Stainaker, Lead Accident Investigator

Phone: 724-925-5150

Preliminary Report

On January 16, 2016, at 5:50 p.m., a 31 year old continuous mining machine operator with 12 years of mining experience was fatally injured when a section of a coal/rock rib measuring approximately 4 and 1/2 feet long, 3 feet high and 3 feet thick fell and pinned him to the mine floor. The miner was remotely operating the machine in the number 2 entry of MMU-004 when the accident occurred. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY --On January 16, 2016, a 31 year old continuous mining machine operator with 12 years of mining experience was fatally injured when a section of coal/rock rib measuring 4.5 feet long, 3 feet high, and 3 feet thick fell and pinned him to the mine floor. The victim was remotely operating the continuous miner in the number 2 entry of the advancing section when the accident occurred.

Final Report

CAI-2016-2

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