January 22, 2021 Fatality
On January 22, 2021, a miner was injured in a powered haulage accident at Aracoma Coal Company, Davy Branch Mine. The miner died on February 21, 2021. Because of the circumstances surrounding the accident, MSHA referred the accident to the Agency’s Chargeability Review Committee (Committee). On May 11, 2021, the Committee determined that the death should be chargeable to the mining industry.
On January 22, 2021, a miner was injured when the shuttle car he was operating was struck in the operators compartment by another shuttle car. The miner received fractures to the right lower leg. On February 21, 2021, the injured miner passed away as a result of the injuries sustained during the accident.
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.
MINE FATALITY – On Jan. 22, 2021, a shuttle car operator with 11 years of mining experience was in the operator’s compartment of his shuttle car, traveling through the last open crosscut, when a second shuttle car traveled through a ventilation curtain and struck his shuttle car. The corner of the second shuttle car entered the operator’s deck of the victim’s shuttle car. The operator was injured and passed away from the injuries on Feb. 21, 2021.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Fatal Powered Haulage Accident
January 22, 2021
Davy Branch Mine
Aracoma Coal Company, Inc.
Logan, Logan County, West Virginia
ID No. 46-09574
Gordon L. Varney II
Mine Safety and Health Inspector