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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Thursday, March 11, 1999, a 35 year old scoop operator was assisting on one of two roof bolting machines which were installing roof bolts in a cavity area created by blasting to install a section loading point. A section of mine roof fell striking the victim and three other employees in the location. Two employees received minor injuries which required no medical attention and the third was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. The dimensions of the fall measured one to five inches in thickness by four feet in width by seven feet in length.

MSHA's investigation is on-going and is being conducted jointly with the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals.

  • Never - Work or travel under unsupported roof.

  • Always - Know and follow the provisions of your approved Roof Control Plan. Take additional measures to protect yourself if unusual hazards or conditions are encountered.
  • This is the 7th fatality reported in calendar year 1999 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1998, there were 8 fatalities. This is the second fatality classified as Roof Fall in 1999.

    For more information:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL99C07]