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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, March 30, 1995, a miner was electrocuted while loading coal into the main slope car, utilizing the loading conveyor extending from the No. 1 Breast. Other miners, working in the No. 1 Breast, went to the loading area when they heard the victim shout. One of these miners also received an electrical shock when he entered the loading area.

Investigators determined that two different phase conductors of the mine's Delta power system became grounded at separate locations. One of the locations was on a water pump motor where the victim was standing.

This is the eighth coal mine fatality in 1995. As of March 30 last year, there had been 11 fatalities. This death is the first classified as ELECTRICAL in 1995.

One-line diagram of the electrical system

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95C08]