Preliminary Report - Fatality #9 - December 02, 2016

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During set-up procedures for a new longwall installation, two technical representatives for the shield manufacturer were in the process of adding components to the hydraulic system of a longwall shield. One technician was positioned inside the shield near the hinge point when the shield collapsed, crushing the victim. Responders were able to raise the shield to recover the victim. The victim was transported to the surface where he was pronounced dead.