Pinned miner died of blunt force trauma

A COUNTY coroner in Illinois has confirmed that a worker who died Thursday at Alliance Resource Partners’ Pattiki operation died instantly of blunt force trauma injuries.

Donna Schmidt

According to local newspaper the Carmi Times, Tim Adamson, 45, suffered a ruptured heart with a pericardial tampanode secondary to blunt force trauma, fatal injuries that immediately took his life.

Adamson’s autopsy was completed Saturday, just two days after the worker was crushed between a continuous miner and the rib. He was an eight-year veteran of the mine.

Both state and federal agencies commenced investigations immediately following the incident. Coal production at the mine resumed Monday, the paper said.

According to federal officials’ statistics, the last death at Pattiki occurred in 2000. It was the first coal death in the state since 2003.

Pattiki, a 300-worker operation that produced about 2.8 million tons in 2007, is operated by ARLP subsidiary White County Coal.

It had 14 non fatal days lost (NFDL) operator injuries throughout last year on over 764,000 total man-hours, according to MSHA statistics.

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