COAL MINE FATALITY - On Wednesday, January 26, 2000, a roof bolting machine operator was fatally injured in a rib fall accident. The operators of the double-boom roof bolting machine had just finished installing a row of roof bolts in the crosscut connecting the No. 6 and No. 7 Entries. The operators were preparing to back the machine out of the crosscut to clean loose material from the floor that was hindering installation of the next row of bolts. As the victim walked outby along the right side of the machine, a piece of the rib fell without warning hitting him in the back, crushing him against the roof bolting machine. The rock and coal section of rib measured approximately seven and one half feet in length, 22 inches high and 24 inches thick.
This is the second fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were two fatalities.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report