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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday May 17, 1996, about 11:45 p.m., a shift foreman was checking on a shaft sinking crew installing steel plating, doors, and grating over a shaft on the shaft collar. The foreman walked onto the steel structure, traveled across the steel doors over the shaft, and as he stepped off the steel structure towards the shaft collar, the foreman fell into a shadowed opening between the collar and the structure. The foreman fell 140 feet to the work deck located at the shaft bottom.

This is the 17th coal mine fatality in 1996. As of May 17 of last year there had been 15 fatalities. This death is the second classified as SLIP OR FALL OF PERSON in 1996.

Plan View of Shaft Opening and Steel Structure

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95C17]