Third US coal death for 2014

The MSHA has announced the third death at a US coal mines for 2014.

Sadie Davidson

On March 25, a trainee mechanic with 23 weeks of mining experience was killed while working on a belt feeder.

The unnamed victim, 41, was cutting through the inner left-side plate of the crawler assembly that connects the hopper jack assemblies to the crawler frame.

When the cut was completed, the crawler assembly pivoted upward, pinning the victim between the crawler track and the frame of the feeder.

The announcement marked the third fatality for the year. At this point last year, the death toll relating to coal mining was eight.

It is the second fatality to be classified as machinery for 2014.