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

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Department of Labor
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Accident Info-Gram
JULY 2002

Shuttle Car Strikes Miner

On July 22, 2002, a shuttle car struck a mine repairman's handcart at an underground mine in District 8. The repairman had pulled a splice handcart to the location of a recently damaged roof-bolter trailing cable. Thinking the route of both section shuttle cars had changed, the repairman did not expect equipment to travel in this area. As the repairman bent over to attach torch hoses to a small propane tank, a shuttle car came around the coal pillar and struck the handcart. Subsequently, the handcart hit the repairman. The repairman yelled, and the shuttle-car operator immediately stopped his shuttle car. Because of the coal pillar and the operator's location on the shuttle car, the shuttle-car operator was not able to see the repairman. Additionally, the repairman did not see the shuttle car until it was approximately three feet away. Contusions were the repairman's only injuries. Investigators found that the haulage route of just one of the two section shuttle cars had recently changed.
Miner, repair cart, and shuttle car
  • When performing repair work, maintenance personnel should place warning devices at the approaches to work areas.
  • When section haulage routes are changed, section foreman should notify all personnel on the section.
  • When approaching tight turns where visibility is limited, equipment operators should sound warning devices.
  • When operating haulage equipment, equipment operators should energize the lights in the direction of travel.

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This file was last updated on 01/15/2003

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.