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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Monday, July 8, 1996, a general inside man, substituting as roof bolting machine operator, was installing roof bolts in a 34-inch high crosscut. Operating a single-head, ATRS equipped, roof bolting machine, the miner installed the first three roof bolts (from left to right) of a sixteen bolt pattern. After installing the third bolt, an 8-foot x 6-foot x 8-inch slab of draw rock fell, striking the miner inflicting fatal injuries. The roof bolting machine was angled such that while installing the third roof bolt, the machine operator was positioned inby roof support. Investigators have also noted loose coal accumulations in the operating area of the roof bolting machine and the off-center orientation of the crosscut.

This is the 19th coal mine fatality in 1996. As of July 8 of last year, there had been 19 fatalities. This death is the second classified as FALL OF ROOF in 1996.

Line drawing of the accident scene

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95C19]