COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday February 10, 2004, at approximately 7:35 a.m., a 25-year old roof bolting machine operator with 7 years mining experience was fatally injured while operating a battery-powered track-mounted personnel carrier. The personnel carrier, transporting the victim and six other miners, had just entered the track portal through an open airlock door when it lost traction and began sliding down grade. The vehicle traveled approximately 139 feet before crashing through the closed inby airlock door. After traveling an additional 186 feet, the vehicle derailed and came to a stop. The victim received fatal injuries when struck by the door. The six passengers were uninjured.
This is the fifth fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2003, there were five fatalities reported in coal mining. This is the second fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2004. There was one Powered Haulage fatality at this time in 2003.
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