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Mine electrician dies troubleshooting circuit on a continuous miner

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A US mine electrician has died while working on a continuous miner.

A mine electrician has died at a US mine while undertaking troubleshooting on a Joy continuous miner.

According to the US Regulator’s fatality report the 40-year-old electrician had nine years 8 weeks of experience working in mines and more than eight years at the Blackhawk Mining’s Panther Creek Mining, LLC, American Eagle Mine in West Virginia.

Blackhawk mining have recorded the deaths of two electricians since August 2019.

The regulator says that he was electrocuted while troubleshooting the electrical circuit for the scrubber on a Joy continuous mining machine. He was working on the Number 1 Section, 007-0 MMU when the accident occurred.

The electrician’s death is the third coal mining fatality in West Virginia this year and the 12th in the United States. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says four have occurred in Kentucky, two in Pennsylvania and one in Illinois.

More to come.

Image: Kentucky Coal Education

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AMSJ Nov 2021