Fatality #10 - July 25, 2017
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:
Joe Draugelis, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 570-874-8980 x2106
On July 25, 2017, at approximately 9:50 a.m., a 28 year old bulldozer operator with 1 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured when the Caterpillar D9L bulldozer he had been operating ran over him. The bulldozer ran over the edge of the refuse bank and came to rest at the bottom of the embankment. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The reason why the victim was outside the bulldozer when the accident occured is under investigation.
COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 25, 2017, a 28-year-old bulldozer operator with 7 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface facility. The victim was operating a bulldozer, pushing material off of a refuse bank before the accident occurred. He was found lying in the bulldozer’s push path at the top of an incline near the edge of the refuse bank. The bulldozer had run over the victim and continued over the edge of the incline, coming to rest at the bottom of the embankment.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
COAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Surface Coal Mine Facility
Fatal Machinery Accident
July 25, 2017
New St. Nicholas Breaker
Reading Anthracite Company
Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania