On Saturday, March 3, 2012, a 32-year-old foreman was killed while attempting to install a canopy on a Joy 21 SC Shuttle Car. The canopy was suspended from the mine roof by a cable and chain. The foreman was seated in the operator’s compartment of the shuttle car beneath the suspended canopy. The canopy shifted and fell.
On Saturday, March 10, 2012, a 34-year-old section foreman operating a continuous mining machine was killed when he was struck by a rock which fell from the right rib. The rock was approximately 10.5-ft long, 40-inches high, and 1- to 10-inches thick.
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, a foreman was killed while attempting to attach a nylon lanyard to a moving front-end loader and a transportation dolly on a highwall mining machine. The victim was pinched between the front-end loader and the dolly.