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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, March 07, 2000, a bulldozer operator received fatal injuries while pushing brush down a steep hillside with a John Deere Model 650 HLT bulldozer. The bulldozer flipped end-over-end, ejecting the victim from the operator's compartment.

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Photograph of Accident Scene

Best Practices

  • Bulldozers should never be operated beyond the design limitations of the machine.

  • Areas of surface operations should always be examined by a certified person for hazardous conditions.

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    This is the sixth fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 1999, there were six fatalities.

    The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.

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