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5 NEWS UPDATE: MSHA Releases Preliminary Report of Fatal Mine Accident
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on December 06, 2012 @ 7:51PM
Created on December 06, 2012 @ 6:23PM
MSHA released a preliminary report Thursday about the incidents leading up to the fatal mine accident at Robinson Run Preparation Plant last Friday.
In the report, we find out that there were actually four employees directly near the area of the accident on Friday and that there were 180 working somewhere at the mine.
The report indicates that four individuals were working in the saddle dam area of the slurry impoundment when a massive failure occurred. A section of that area that was about 650 feet long, 20 to 25 feet above the water surface and 70 feet back from the water's edge, broke and slid into the impoundment. Two miners noticed that a failure was about to occur and they turned to run. They were both pulled into the water. One of these miners swam to the shore and the other one was rescued by Nutter Fort Fire and Rescue. One bull dozer worker was further back from this area and was not affected. The other bull dozer operator, who is still missing, was the innermost worker. He was inside the machine when it submerged into the slurry.
Divers may enter the pond this weekend to try to reach him. MSHA officially lists that there's one fatality in the accident.
There's no word on what quite caused this accident. The Associated Press said some people familiar with the process of expanding a dam, which is what crews were working on, said it's likely someone pushed too far, too fast.
To see the entire report, click here.
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