Fatality #7 - July 29, 2016

Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
Location: Road Fork #51 Mine, West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date/Time: July 29, 2016 - 12:35pm

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:

Josh Bennett, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 304.763.1712

Preliminary Report

Two miners were welding threaded blocks to secure the guarding around the drive-shaft between the motor and a dewatering pump located on the surface of the #3 shaft. Methane was ignited from within the shaft, and the victim was in direct line of the ignition force. The victim succumbed to the injuries received during the accident, and passed away 6 days later on August 4, 2016.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, July 29, 2016, a 58-year-old miner with 40 years of mining experience sustained fatal injuries when an ignition occurred in the shaft he and another miner were working above.  Two miners were welding threaded blocks to secure guarding around the drive-shaft between a motor and dewatering pump.  Methane ignited within the shaft, and the victim was in the direct line of the

Final Report

CAI-2016-7

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION

Underground Coal Mine

Fatal Explosion of Gas
July 29, 2016

Road Fork #51 Mine
Spartan Mining Company, LLC
Pineville, Wyoming County, West Virginia 
ID No. 46-01544

Accident Investigators

Joshua S. Bennett
Coal Mine Safety and Health Inspector/Health Specialist