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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health

A Near Miss

Man Struck by Rib Roll

A section foreman was concerned about a weak splice in the lo-lo belt he was examining. The belt was approximately 5 feet from the rib. While he was standing beside the belt, a section of the rib, approximately 14 feet long, 3 feet high, and 2 feet thick, rolled off. The falling rib struck his self rescuer. Force from the impact ripped his mining belt off and knocked him to the mine floor. He was transported to the hospital for x-rays and was treated for a contusion on his right hip.