COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, September 21, 2000, a 51 year old mechanic with 30 years of mining experience received fatal injuries when he was crushed between a coal car and the corner of the rotary dump. The victim had been assigned to trouble-shoot an alignment problem at the surface rotary dump. He made arrangements with the rotary dump operator to separate the car located inside the rotary dump from the adjacent car on the empty track. The victim then reached between these cars to uncouple them using the cut-off bar attached to the car located inside the rotary dump. The cars were then pulled toward the loaded track to facilitate the uncoupling, causing the cars on the empty track to drift toward the victim crushing him between this car and the corner of the rotary dump.
This is the 27th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 27 fatalities. This is the 6th accident classified as machinery reported in the coal mining industry in 2000. As of this date in1999, there were 3 fatal accidents classified as machinery.
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