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

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Miner Falls Through Prep Plant Floor

On September 10, 2002, a fall-of-person accident occurred at a preparation plant located in District 8. A plant operator/repairman was washing down the fourth floor of the preparation plant. He was using a large pressurized hose with a nozzle. While spraying with the hose, he stepped on an expanded metal grate that had been partially removed from its proper position to allow an air hose to be lowered to the floor below. When he stepped on the grate, the grate and the miner fell 11 ½ feet to the floor below. He sustained severe lacerations and possible head injuries.
Miner Falling Through Prep Plant Floor
  • Keep covers for floor openings securely in place.
  • Wear a properly secured safety harness and tag line when there is danger of falling.
  • Get help with high-pressure water lines.

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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.