Safety Administration: Fatal Kentucky Mining Accident Due to Lack of Protective Procedures
BELL COUNTY, KY. – According to an online news report posted at wvlt.tv, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has concluded that a fatal mining accident in Kentucky was due to a lack of protective procedures on the part of the mine operator. The accident occurred early in 2019 and resulted in the tragic death of a worker.*
The accident happened in the late morning, when a 56-year-old male worker was run over by a shuttle car headed to the coal feeder at the Toms Fork Mine in Bell County, Kentucky. The victim was from Clinton, Tennessee, and was part of a surveying team. He was reportedly taking some measurements of the mine and was run over by a shuttle car manned by another employee.
MSHA states in a report regarding the accident that the employee on the shuttle car left the car to inspect a cable and saw the victim when he went back to the shuttle. The victim was tragically killed in the accident. MSHA began an investigation into the accident after being notified by officials.
In its released report, MSHA states that the mine operator did not have adequate procedures or controls to ensure the safety of miners on foot in the presence of moving equipment. The agency said that the employee on the shuttle car had obstructed vision because of the size of the car and the height of the mine. In addition, a headlight on the car was not working at the time of the accident.
MSHA included in its report corrective action measures that the mine operator will need to take to prevent a similar accident from happening in the future.
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