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COAL MINE FATALITY - On September 26, 2015, a 58-year-old bulldozer operator with 10 years of mining experience was found lying unconscious on the ground next to a bulldozer. The mine foreman had driven the bulldozer operator to his designated working area. After seeing that the bulldozer was stationary, he returned and found the bulldozer operator lying on the ground. First aid was started immediately by mine personnel and they continued medical treatment until emergency personnel arrived. The miner was airlifted to the hospital where he remained until October 5, 2015, when he died from his injuries.

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This is the tenth fatality reported in calendar year 2015 in the coal mining industry and this is the first fatality classified as Slip or Fall of Person.  As of this day in 2014, there were twelve fatalities reported in the coal mining industry.  At this time in 2014, there were no fatalities in this classification.

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