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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, a 32-year-old continuous mining machine operator was fatally injured when he was pinned between the cutter head of a remote controlled continuous mining machine and the coal rib. The victim was backing the continuous mining machine from the working face when the accident occurred.

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This is the eighth fatality reported in 2017 in the coal mining industry and it is the first accident to be classified as machinery.  As of this date in 2016, six 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.