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Fatality #1 - February 6, 2018

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Sentinel Mine, West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date: February 6, 2018 - 3:30am
Time of Death: February 6, 2018 - 5:35am

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:

Michael Fasouletos, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone:  304.225.6828

Preliminary Report

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at approximately 3:45 a.m., a miner, working as a mechanic was found between a coal rib and the continuous-mining machine. Part of a rib roll measuring 36 to 42-inches long, 28 inches high, and up to 14 inches, thick was found on top of the victim. The victim was transported to the Broaddus Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fatality Alert

Coal Mine Fatality - On February 6, 2018, a 52-year-old electrician with 13 years of mining experience was fatally injured while working alone performing routine maintenance on a continuous mining machine.  A portion of rib, measuring 42 inches long, 28 inches high, and 14 inches thick, fell and struck the victim.  He was found between a coal rib and the continuous mining machine.