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Slurry Pond Death Prompts MSHA Advisory
Written by Your 5News Team
Created on December 19, 2012 @ 1:52PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal regulators say coal companies should provide hazard training to people working on coal slurry impoundments in the wake of a West Virginia man's death.
 
The Mine Safety and Health Administration typically issues best-practices advisories after a fatality. This one tells companies to train workers to watch for surface cracks and bubbling in the slurry that could indicate problems.
 
MSHA says workers should be removed when conditions are unsafe.
 
A 58-year-old bulldozer operator died Nov. 30 when an embankment collapsed at Consol Energy's Robinson Run mine impoundment near Lumberport.
 
The operator and his bulldozer went into the muck. He was removed last week.
 
It was the 19th coal industry death this year, but the first involving a slurry pond.
 
The cause of the collapse is under investigation.
 
More Information: COAL MINE FATALITY - On Friday, November 30, 2012, a 58-year old bulldozer operator with 37 years of experience was killed when an upstream slope failure occurred at a coal slurry impoundment. The victim was grading the upstream slope at the time of the accident. The bulldozer was carried into the pool area during the slide and sank with the victim on board. Click Here to read more.

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