December 23, 2019 Fatality
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:
Louis Bernatowicz, Lead Investigator
A miner was fatally injured while attempting to remove a splice pin from a 72-inch main line conveyor belt splice. The victim was positioned between the bottom conveyor belt and the frame of the tail piece. A belt clamp and come-a-long failed, allowing the bottom belt to release stored energy, causing the belt to shift upward and pin the victim against the frame of the belt tail piece.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determination regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the accident.
On December 23, 2019, a miner was fatally injured while attempting to remove a splice pin from a 72-inch mainline conveyor belt splice. A belt clamp and ratchet-style chain come along failed, releasing stored energy and causing the belt to shift upward and pin the miner against the frame of the belt tailpiece.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Underground Coal Mine
Fatal Machinery Accident
December 23, 2019
Marshall County Mine
Marshall County Coal Company
Cameron, Marshall County, West Virginia
I.D. No. 46-01437