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COAL MINE FATALITY - On July 25, 2017, a 28-year-old bulldozer operator with 7 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface facility.  The victim was operating a bulldozer, pushing material off of a refuse bank before the accident occurred.  He was found lying in the bulldozer’s push path at the top of an incline near the edge of the refuse bank.  The bulldozer had run over the victim and continued over the edge of the incline, coming to rest at the bottom of the embankment.

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This accident is classified as Machinery.  As of this date in 2016, six fatalities were reported in the coal mining industry, two of which were machinery. This is the tenth fatality reported in 2017 in the coal mining industry with two of them being classified as machinery.

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.