COAL MINE FATALITY - On September 17, 2003, a driller with 7-years mining experience and a bulldozer operator with 10-years mining experience were fatally injured when their man-trip was crushed by a 190-ton capacity haul truck. After approaching from the haul truck's right side, the Ford E-350 van had stopped immediately in front of the haul truck to drop off some supplies. The haul truck moved forward, pushed the van over, and crushed it under the truck's right front tire. The driver of the van, a backhoe operator, was seriously injured.
These are the 25th and 26th fatalities reported in calendar year 2003 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2002, there were 22 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. These are the eighth and ninth fatalities classified as powered haulage in 2003. There were seven fatalities classified as powered haulage at this time in 2002.
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