Coal Mine Serious Accident 2012 (No.1) OVERVIEW On Friday, September 21, 2012, a 28-year old shuttle car operator with 4 years of experience was seriously injured while seated in the operator’s compartment of a shuttle car when a nearby coal pillar outburst occurred. The victim was struck by flying coal and rock as it filled the operator’s compartment. During retreat mining the pillar section was under a substantial amount of overburden, approximately thirteen hundred (1,300) feet at the time of the accident.
Continuous Miner #1 MRS #2 MRS #3 MRS #4 MRS The victim was seated in the operators compartment while the machine was loaded when the outburst occurred; he was entrapped by the ejected material. The indicator light on the No. 2 MRS flashes yellow and is seen by the MRS operators just prior to the occurrence of the coal outburst.
Coal Mine Serious Accident 2012 (No.1) BEST PRACTICES Pillar recovery shall be consistent with prevailing geological conditions. When shuttle car operators are exposed to potentially unstable ribs, the machine shall be operated by remote control. When an increased load is detected by the mobile roof support light indicators, immediate action shall be taken to protect employees and equipment.