Mine Worker Killed in Accident in Illinois
Investigators from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are looking into a fatal mine accident that happened on Wednesday. According to WSIL ABC News, a worker was crushed to death at the Viking Mine in Franklin County, IL.
Details of the Fatal Mine Accident
According to a MSHA official, the accident happened at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday and involved a roof bolting machine helper. The worker was in the process of helping tram a roof bolting machine along the Viking Portal travel way when he became crushed between the machine and a coal rib.
Emergency crews from two local fire departments, a medical helicopter, and ambulance responded to the scene but were unable to save the worker.
The report from WSIL notes that this is the second fatal accident to occur at the Sugar Camp Energy Complex in the past seven months. In November, miner was crushed to death by a large piece of coal.
Earlier this week, two coal miners were trapped and killed in a mine accident in West Virginia.
Mine Accident Statistics
The following preliminary statistics for mine accidents in 2013 are provided by MSHA.
- There were 42 mine workers fatally injured in 2013. Of those killed, 20 were coal mine workers.
- Nationwide, a total of 118,759 citations and orders were issued to mines by MSHA. 63,547 of those citations/orders were issued to coal mines.