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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
JUNE 2001

Miner's Arm Caught Between Canopy and Coal Rib

On June 14, 2001 at 5.45 P.M., a District 8 miner injured himself when he caught his right arm between a canopy and a coal rib. The injured miner was operating a battery tractor in the 6th-East-Panel as part of a rock dusting crew on the 4 P.M. - 12 P.M. shift. A line curtain extended across the last open crosscut in the No. 5 entry and continued approximately 20 feet beyond the rib line. As the tractor operator approached the line curtain, he started raising the line curtain up over the top of the tractor canopy with his right hand while steering with his left. While raising the curtain, the tractor ran into the left rib pinching his right arm between the tractor canopy and coal rib. The action partially severed the miner's hand. Crew members immediately gave first aid measures and transported the injured miner to the mine portal. An awaiting ambulance took him to a medical facility where doctors reattached his hand. He now has partial movement in his fingers.
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  • Machine operators must always keep all body parts within the confines of the operator's deck.
  • When moving under ventilation curtains, equipment operators should acquire help from others.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected! Accidental movement of equipment can occur at anytime.

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This file was last updated on 1/9/2003

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.