COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 3, 2013, an 87-year-old contract employee was mowing an impoundment embankment with a skid steer machine equipped with a front-mounted brush mower. The victim was mowing the 40 degree embankment in a vertical direction when the machine traveled into the impounded water, submerging the machine, and drowning the operator.
This is the 14th fatality reported in calendar year 2013 for the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2012, there were 10 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the first fatality classified as Other in 2013. At this time in 2012, there was 1 fatality in this classification. The miner drowned in the 2012 fatality.
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 - Not Available Yet.