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COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 25, at approximately 8:05 a.m., a dragline oiler, performing the task of a choker attendant, with 23 years mining experience, was seriously injured when hit by a log being pulled by a bullzozer. The victim had been working with two other miners, clearing a site of trees and other vegetation in preparation of stripping the area. The victim had just observed that attachment of a choker chain (5/8" x 25') on the first log of the shift and began to walk away with his back toward the log. As the bulldozer pulled the log, which was approximately 25 feet in length and 10 to 18 inches in diameter, the choker end abutted against a tree stump causing the free end of the log to swing and strike the miner in the back. The victim was life-flighted to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed as having fractures to the ribs and collar bone. None of the injuries were considered life threatening. However, the victim's condition worsened over the July 29th weekend. His lung began to retain fluid and on August 14, 1995 the miner passed away.

This is the 25th coal mine fatality in 1995. As of July 25 last year there had been 27 fatalities. This death is the fourth classified as MACHINERY in 1995.

Line drawing of the accident scene

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95C25]