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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health

A Serious Non-fatal Electrical Accident

Photo of Circuit Breaker

On January 10, 2005 a roof bolter operator lost electrical power to his machine and went to reset the machine's circuit breaker at the section power center. He energized the circuit one time and the circuit breaker tripped. When he reset the circuit breaker the second time and energized the circuit, a flash came from the breaker, resulting in burns to his left hand.