Coal Mine Fatality - On Tuesday, November 9, 2004, a 55-year-old company president, with 30 years of experience, was fatally injured when he was crushed between a front end loader and a tractor-trailer truck. The end loader was being moved into position to allow the victim to connect a steel cable from it to the truck. The end loader was going to be used to pull the tractor-trailer up the haul road, and was stopped a short distance from the truck. While the victim was connecting the cable to the truck, the end loader inadvertently rolled back and crushed him against the truck.
This is the 24th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2003, there were 30 fatalities. This is the tenth fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2004.
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