Fatality #6 - May 16, 2016

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Leer Mine, West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: May 16, 2016 - 4:15am

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:

John Hall, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 304.225.6880

 

Preliminary Report

The lead motorman (victim) was found unconscious in the operator's deck of his locomotive. The motormen were transporting empty supply cars to the slope bottom. While switching the cars through a set of airlock doors, the tail motorman heard the lead motor go through a closed airlock door. When he got to the lead motor he found the victim unresponsive and slumped over in the operator's seat. The tail motorman immediately phoned for help and started CPR within 5 minutes of finding the victim.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, May 16, 2016, a 50-year-old motorman, with over 14 years of mining experience, was fatally injured when the diesel locomotive he was operating crashed through a closed airlock door.

Final Report

CAI-2016-6

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION 

Underground Coal Mine 

Fatal Powered Haulage Accident 
May 16, 2016 

Leer Mine
ACI Tygart Valley
Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia
I.D. No. 46-09192 

Accident Investigators 

John Hall
Coal Mine Safety and Health Specialist, Electrical