January 14, 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:
Rick Suffridge, Lead Investigator:
A two-person spad crew was on the 001-0 MMU. While one spad crew member was setting up the transit in the No. 4 entry, the victim, who was the other spad crew member, was in the No. 3 entry taking measurements of the mining height. A shuttle car traveling in the No. 3 entry toward the feeder struck and fatally injured him.
MINE FATALITY – On Monday, January 14, 2019, a 56-year-old survey crew member with approximately 30 years of mining experience was fatally injured after he was struck by a loaded shuttle car. The victim was measuring the mining height in an entry that was part of the travelway used by the shuttle car to access the section feeder.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Underground Coal Mine
Fatal Powered Haulage Accident
January 14, 2019
Toms Fork Mine
Balkan, Bell County, Kentucky
I.D. No. 15-19844