COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, December 5, 2000, at 10:02 a.m., a 45-year-old environmental monitoring technician, with 20 years mining experience, sustained fatal injures from a fall while he was in the process of readying equipment to collect samples from the exhaust emission stack of a thermal dryer. The victim was preparing to lift sampling equipment with a rope, onto a platform located 134 feet above ground level. As he was removing ice from the platform with his feet, a 24" x 28" section of grating on which he was standing collapsed, causing him to fall to the ground. The grating was severely corroded, and broke where it contacted a support beam, near the exhaust emission stack.
This is the 35th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were 31 fatalities. This is the 3rd accident classified as fall of person reported in the coal mining industry in 2000. As of this date in 1999, there were 2 fatal accidents classified as fall of person reported in the coal mining industry.
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