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District 8 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
Info-Grams and Close Call Accidents

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Miner Caught by Ratio Feeder

On September 14, 2001 at 8:15 P.M., a District 8 miner caught himself between a ratio feeder and a conveyor tail-structure jack-post. The miner had positioned the feeder on the belt tail of the 5-left-section for side dumping. As the employee was reaching for the shutoff switch to de-energize the feeder, he accidently hit the tram lever with his arm or clothing. This caused the feeder to move suddenly and pin the miner between the feeder and the adjacent jack-post. The jack-post secured the belt tail structure. Mine personnel took the injured miner to a local hospital and he was released on September 18, 2001. He suffered traumatic asphyxia and a laceration of the liver. The employee is expected to return to work in three or four weeks.
Caught Between Feeder and Support Post

  • All persons, including the machine operator, must always be away from pinch points when equipment is energized.
  • Miners should use alternate de-energizing switches when necessary to protect themselves and others.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected! Accidental movement of equipment can occur at anytime.

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This file was last updated on 1/28/2003

This information was provided by concerned miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.