by , on March 30, 2012

The first fatality of 2012 in the coal mining industry occurred at Shoal Creek Mine in Jefferson, AL.  An electrician was performing electrical work  on the cable reel of a shuttle car when he received a fatal electrical shock. The electrician came in contact with the exposed 995 volt energized cable leads in the cable reel compartment. The disconnecting device was not locked and tagged out while this work was being performed.

Click here to read the news release from MSHA dated 3/23/12.

Click here to read the preliminary accident report.


Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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