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March 20, 2022 Fatality - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

MINE FATALITY – On March 20, 2022, a 33 year-old miner died when he was struck by a roof fall while moving a waterline outby the retreat mining section.  The intersection of the fall area was supported with five-foot fully grouted roof bolts and 10-foot cable bolts.  The roof fall was approximately 40 feet long, 18 feet wide, and five feet thick. 

Accident scene where a 33 year-old miner died when he was struck by a roof fall while moving a waterline outby the retreat mining section.
Best Practices: 
  • Conduct a visual examination of the roof, face, and ribs immediately before any work is started in an area.
  • Be alert to changing roof conditions, especially during retreat mining.
  • Train miners on how to identify hazardous roof and rib conditions.
Additional Information: 

This is the 11th fatality reported in 2022, and the second classified as “Fall of Roof or Back.”