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Fatality #13 - September 28, 2017

Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
Location: Bridger Underground Coal Mine, Wyoming
Mine Type: Coal
Mine Controller: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company; IDACORP
Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
Incident Date: September 28, 2017 - 9:06am
Time of Death: September 28, 2017 - 9:06am

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:

Art Gore, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 970.824.4943


Preliminary Report

At approximately 2:20 p.m., MST, coal rolled out from the face on the 17th right longwall section in the area of shield No. 53 and completely covered the victim. He passed away while enroute to the hospital. The victim was untangling the mesh during the longwall recovery process at the time of the accident.

Fatality Alert

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, September 28, 2017, a 39-year-old miner with ten years of mining experience received fatal injuries when coal from the longwall face rolled out and completely covered him. The victim was assisting with roof bolting by untangling the mesh during the longwall recovery process. At the time of the accident, the victim was located between the coal face and the pan line.