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Fatality #6 - May 6, 2017

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Rosebud Mine&Crusher/Conveyor, Montana
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Westmoreland Coal Company
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date: May 6, 2017 - 5:00pm
Time of Death: May 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

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:

David Hamilton, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 307-682-1142

Preliminary Report

On Saturday May 6, 2017 at approximately 5:00 p.m. a miner operating a Caterpillar 777F truck was dumping overburden over a highwall. The truck went over the highwall and fell approximately 150 feet. EMT's tried to revive the victim but were unsuccessful. An ambulance transported the victim to the Colstrip Medical Clinic, where he was pronounced dead.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Saturday, May 6, 2017, a 62-year-old miner with 14 years of mining experience was fatally injured when the haul truck he was operating went over the highwall and fell approximately 150 feet. The victim was dumping overburden over the highwall when the accident occurred.

Final Report






Coal Mine Safety and Health


Surface Coal Mine

Fatal Powered Haulage Accident

May 6, 2017