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COAL MINE FATALITY – On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, a 34-year-old repairman, with approximately 15 years of mining experience, was killed when struck by a ram car while he was walking inby toward the face of the No. 7 entry. The ram car operator moved the ram car into the No. 7 entry with the batteries positioned outby the face area and then traveled towards the face area, striking the victim with the left side, trailer end of the ram car.

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This is the 15th fatality reported in calendar year 2014 in the coal mining industry.  As of this date in 2013 there were 20 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry.  This is the 5th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2014.  At this time in 2013, there were six fatalities in this classification.

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