The fatality was the second in two months at the Alabama mine. The accident occurred on June 16 when Ken Battles, a miner with 23 years experience, became trapped between an upright steel channel and a moving bunker car.
The victim was washing down the area at the time of the accident. Apparently the bunker operator was unaware of his location.
Best practices to follow include:
Never enter a location where unexpected or unanticipated motion could trap you unless the equipment has been secured against motion.
Ensure that equipment operators are aware of your presence and intentions before attempting to perform any work.
Operators of moving equipment should have knowledge of all miners' locations prior to placing the equipment in motion.
Remain aware of any movement or activity in or near your work area.
Never take unnecessary chances or shortcuts to save time or effort.