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Fatality #4 - March 30, 2017
Fall of Face, Rib, Pillar or Highwall - Surface Mine - Kentucky
Green Hill Mining Inc., GHM #51

COAL MINE FATALITY - On Wednesday, March 30, 2017, at 2:09 am, a 33-year-old miner (auger operator/foreman) was fatally injured at a surface auger mine.  The miner was struck by a rock that fell from the bottom section of the highwall while changing worn cutter-head bits located at the front of the auger machine.  The rock was approximately 4 feet by 5 feet by 30 inches in size.

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This is the fourth fatality reported in 2017 in the coal mining industry and it is classified as fall of face/rib/side/highwall.  As of this date in 2016, four fatalities were reported, with two in this classification.

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.