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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, August 15, 1996, a general laborer was shoveling loose coal along the inby rib of the crosscut that had recently holed-through into the entry. The recently mined area was unsupported, however the laborer continued shoveling into the area. An 11-foot long by 2 to 8-foot by 5 inches thick slab of drawrock fell in the unsupported area, crushing the laborer.

This is the 20th coal mine fatality in 1996. As of August 15 of last year, there had been 25 fatalities. This death is the third classified as FALL OF ROOF in 1996.

Plan View of the Accident Site

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96C20]