COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, June 17, 2004, a 26-year-old utility man with two years mining experience was fatally injured when he was struck by a section of roof measuring approximately 38 feet by 12 to 14 feet by 27 inches. The crosscut between the No. 6 and No. 7 headings had been completed and the victim was apparently preparing to help move the continuous mining machine cable.
This is the 14th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of the accident date in 2003, there were 16 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the 2nd fatality classified as Fall of Roof or Back in 2004. At this time in 2003, there were no fatalities classified as Fall of Roof or Back.
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