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December 23, 2019 Fatality - Preliminary Report

Accident Report: Fatality Reference

Preliminary Report Overview

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.