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

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Miner Struck By A Coal Hauler

Recently, a coal hauler struck a miner at an underground mine in District 8. The miner received contusions and felt back pain, but he did not suffer any lost time. The miner was building a metal stopping between an isolation entry and a return entry on a main line super-unit. The pull-through ventilation curtains were still up. While the miner was installing the last clips on the metal stopping, the equipment operator backed the coal hauler into the crosscut and through the pull-through curtain striking the miner. Subsequently, this action propelled the miner into the metal stopping. The customary warning sticks had not been placed on either side of the crosscut.
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  • Always install warning indicators on both sides of crosscuts where work is to be done.
  • Support or maintenance personnel should communicate with co-workers when they are going to perform duties on a working section.
  • Always give adequate audible warnings before tramming equipment into areas where visibility is blocked or diminished.

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This file was last updated on 3/13/2002

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.