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Fatality #10 - July 25, 2017

Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: New St. Nicholas Breaker, Pennsylvania
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: John W Rich
Mined Material: Coal (Anthracite)
Incident Date: July 25, 2017 - 9:50am
Time of Death: July 25, 2017 - 9:50am

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:

Joe Draugelis, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 570-874-8980 x2106

Preliminary Report

On July 25, 2017, at approximately 9:50 a.m., a 28 year old bulldozer operator with 1 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured when the Caterpillar D9L bulldozer he had been operating ran over him. The bulldozer ran over the edge of the refuse bank and came to rest at the bottom of the embankment. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The reason why the victim was outside the bulldozer when the accident occured is under investigation.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 25, 2017, a 28-year-old bulldozer operator with 7 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface facility.  The victim was operating a bulldozer, pushing material off of a refuse bank before the accident occurred.  He was found lying in the bulldozer’s push path at the top of an incline near the edge of the refuse bank.  The bulldozer had run over the victim and continued over the edge of the incline, coming to rest at the bottom of the embankment.

Final Report








Surface Coal Mine Facility

Fatal Machinery Accident

July 25, 2017

New St. Nicholas Breaker

Reading Anthracite Company

Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania