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Fatality #7 - May 18, 2017

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Pinnacle Mine, West Virginia
Mine Type: Coal
Controller: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date: May 18, 2017 - 11:18pm
Time of Death: May 19, 2017 - 12:50am

Public Notice

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:

Steven Campbell, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 304.732.6410

Preliminary Report

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, an outby utility miner received fatal injuries when he and another miner were travelling in atrolley-powered supply locomotive. The trolley pole came off the trolley wire while the locomotive was still moving. The victim raised up to grab the trolley pole to place it back on the trolley wire when his head contacted the mine roof and/or roof support. 

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, May 18, 2017, an outby utility miner received fatal injuries when his head hit the mine roof and/or roof support.  He and another miner were travelling in a trolley-powered supply locomotive when the accident occurred.  While the locomotive was still in motion, the trolley pole came off the trolley wire.  The victim grabbed the pole to place it back on the trolley wire.  In this slightly elevated position, the victim hit his head on the mine roof and was fatally injured.

Final Report

CAI-2017-07

UNITED STATES

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

 

COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH

 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION

 

Underground Coal Mine

 

 Fatal Powered Haulage Accident

May 18, 2017

 

Pinnacle Mining Company, LLC