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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Leeco Incorporated has been the current operator since 6/20/1995

    Year 103(k) 104(a) 104(b) 104(d)(1) 104(d)(2) 104(g)(1) 107(a) 314(b) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 20 0 3 0 0 0 2 6,525.00 6,525.00 6,525.00
    1996 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 1 11,270.00 11,270.00 11,270.00
    1997 2 138 1 0 0 0 0 6 14,327.00 14,327.00 14,327.00
    1998 2 136 0 0 0 0 0 4 60,880.00 60,880.00 60,880.00
    1999 3 200 0 0 0 0 0 1 32,409.00 31,831.00 31,831.00
    2000 4 426 3 3 0 0 0 7 146,399.00 125,143.00 125,143.00
    2001 2 302 0 0 0 0 0 0 69,928.00 64,514.00 64,514.00
    2002 4 614 6 2 0 0 1 2 127,357.00 112,371.00 112,371.00
    2003 5 500 3 0 0 0 1 2 117,605.00 115,576.00 114,641.68
    2004 1 288 2 0 0 0 1 2 129,101.00 126,289.20 125,970.20
    2005 0 229 0 0 0 0 0 0 59,984.00 57,581.80 57,581.80
    2006 3 304 1 0 0 0 0 0 78,760.00 78,167.00 78,167.00
    2007 2 500 2 2 0 0 3 0 492,923.00 459,844.00 309,996.00
    2008 1 544 1 0 0 1 0 0 388,044.00 362,904.00 195,141.00
    2009 1 368 1 0 0 0 0 3 316,554.00 314,551.00 82,245.00
    2010 1 314 0 2 2 0 0 0 235,215.00 235,215.00 28,929.00
    Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.

    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Please Note: Leeco Incorporated has been the current operator since 6/20/1995

    Year Fatal Operator
    Injuries
    NFDL Operator
    Injuries
    Fatal Contractor
    Injuries
    NFDL Contractor
    Injuries
    Operator Hours
    Worked*
    Coal
     Produced 
    (tons)
    Operator Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Operator NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    1995 0 3 0 0 157,238 370,518 0.00 3.82 0.0464 10.01
    1996 0 8 0 0 227,433 922,707 0.00 7.04 0.0607 8.54
    1997 0 7 0 0 306,619 1,461,630 0.00 4.57 0.0434 8.34
    1998 0 19 0 0 352,323 1,457,885 0.00 10.79 0.0449 8.88
    1999 0 21 0 0 306,823 1,371,626 0.00 13.69 0.0369 8.19
    2000 0 15 0 0 314,776 1,204,416 0.00 9.53 0.0454 8.29
    2001 0 4 0 0 321,530 1,200,619 0.00 2.49 0.0756 7.13
    2002 0 24 0 0 375,276 1,452,920 0.00 12.79 0.0366 7.13
    2003 0 14 0 0 316,108 1,177,745 0.00 8.86 0.0340 6.27
    2004 0 13 0 2 303,246 1,113,834 0.00 8.57 0.0368 5.60
    2005 0 7 0 10 314,128 1,094,338 0.00 4.46 0.0336 5.11
    2006 0 7 0 7 335,360 924,326 0.00 4.17 0.0721 4.79
    2007 0 7 0 10 316,058 790,549 0.00 4.43 0.0423 4.75
    2008 0 3 0 1 347,752 828,038 0.00 1.73 0.0213 4.26
    2009 0 4 0 2 394,437 813,240 0.00 2.03 0.0117 4.04
    2010 0 2 0 0 101,287 223,071 - - - -
    *   Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).
    ** Current rates are based on data available as of 2009 Quarter 4. For a further explanation, please see this.
  • MSHA Data
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  • Production

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    Report of Investigation, Fatal Coal Mining Accident, Leeco #68 Mine

    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

    Bobby L. Smith identified as miner killed in Perry County mining accident

    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.

    Read article at http://www.kypost.com/dpp/news/state/bobby-l.-smith-identified-as-miner-killed-in-perry-county-mining-accident

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