On Monday, December 23, sufficient roof bolts had been installed to allow the mechanic access. The mechanic was standing between the continuous mining machine and the roof bolting machine, when a portion of the fallen material slid off the top of the continuous mining machine, crushing the mechanic against the roof bolting machine.
This is the 38th coal mine fatality in 1996. As of December 23rd of last year, there had been 47 fatalities. This death is the seventh classified as MACHINERY in 1996.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96C38]