COAL MINE FATALITY
- On Saturday, April 15, 1995,
at 8:40 p.m., a foreman was fatally injured when he fell from an elevated
walkway platform on a coal shovel. A mechanic had been using a
cutting torch to remove a damaged steel mesh platform on the
elevated walkway along side of the boom of a large coal shovel.
After cutting through most of the platform, the mechanic traveled
down the walkway steps to retrieve the replacement steel mesh.
The foreman apparently approached the walkway steps from the side
of the shovel opposite the side the mechanic had left by. It is
believed the foreman climbed the walkway steps and stepped onto
the platform. The platform broke loose and the foreman fell 26
feet to a steel structure below.
This is the 11th coal mine fatality in 1995. As of April 15 last
year, there had been 12 fatalities. This death is the second
classified as FALL OF PERSON in 1995.
Photograph of the accident scene
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95C11]