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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health

A Serious Non-fatal Surface Accident

Photo of Highwall

On Saturday, February 12, 2005, at about 2:00 p. m. a loader operator sustained a broken shoulder blade, five broken ribs, fractured lumbar and a lacerated liver. The victim unloaded palettes onto the trash pile located at the foot of a highwall. The victim knelt at the pile to set it on fire. Apparently rock or ice fell off the highwall striking him along his right side. Chunks of ice and rock were seen at the accident site.