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Preliminary Report - Fatality #4 - March 30, 2017

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Preliminary Report Overview

While changing worn cutter head bits at the front of the Salem Multi-head coal auger machine, a Foreman was struck by a rock approximately 4 feet by 5 feet by 30 inches that fell from the bottom section of the highwall. The Whitley County coroner pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. An accident investigation is being conducted by MSHA and in conjunction with the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety (KDMS).