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|Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.|
* Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).|
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March 18, 2011
At 1:15pm on June 24, 2010, miner Bobby Smith, Jr. at the Leeco #68 Mine was operating his continuous mining machine for a right side cut. As he finished he angled the machine to the left and moved along the right side of the machine to remove some gob (loose coal). He was struck and pinned between the machine’s cable extender (electrical connection) and the wall, which also severed the electrical connection for the mining machine. When help arrived, a scoop and shuttle machine were needed to free Smith. A mine emergency technician applied CPR and an AED to try and revive the victim. He was pronounced dead a few hours later. Smith had 12 years of experience and is survived by his wife and three children.
The investigation determined that all the equipment was in proper working order at the time of the accident, and the root cause was Smith allowing himself to be positioned in the red (unsafe) zone for the equipment. In response to the investigation, the mine has agreed to install a proximity detection system on all new and rebuilt continuous mining machines.
Read fatalgram at http://www.msha.gov/FATALS/2010/FTL10c39.asp the fatal report bulletin at http://www.msha.gov/FATALS/2010/FAB10c39.asp and the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources report at http://dnr.ky.gov/OMSL%20Fatal%20Investigative%20Reports/Leeco%20Incorporated.pdf
June 28, 2010
Bobby L. Smith has been identified as the miner killed in the accident at the Leeco 68 mine on June 24. The mine, owned by James River Coal, is located in Jeff, KY. Smith’s death is the fifth mining death in Kentucky this year. The Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has said it will investigate the death.