Fatalities at McElroy
Harry Heckathorn, June 23,
1972. Section Foreman. Roof Fall:
Victim was attempting to tram the 6 CM continuous miner out of
the working place where the roof was working- roof fell striking victim.
Large vertical slickensided slip in the roof was unnoticed due to
roof coal. (Note: this
happened on the last midnight shift before vacation.
For years after this- we always had an inspector that went around
and reminded everyone to keep their mind on their work and not vacation
and not take chances.
David Mason, October 18, 1972.
Loader Operator. Victim had raised the boom of the loader to check for
hydraulic leak without blocking the boom.
Hydraulic fitting broke and boom dropped down suddenly crushing
victim between loader boom and the bumper.
William Evans, June 3, 1973.
Set-Up Man/Motorman. A Joy 6
CM continuous mining machine, loaded on a dolly was being moved to the
slope bottom with the conveyor boom next to the cab of the locomotive.
Cab end went under conveyor boom crushing the operator of the
John M. Moore, November 20,
2001. General Inside Laborer. Moore and another laborer were installing
fish plates in by flat car loaded with rails and attached to a battery
locomotive. When a third employee
attempted to move the locomotive and rail car out by, it traveled in by
striking Moore resulting in fatal injuries.
Joseph F. Sabo, August 17,
2004. Roof Bolter Operator.
Crew was mining crosscut 5-6 at survey station 38+80 in 5 North.
Coal and rock fell out on the right side of the miner hitting
right bolter causing him to strike his head and neck against the
Victor Goudy, October 19, 2008.
Rock Dust Motorman. Fatally injured when he was pinned between a trip of
empty dollies (lowboys) and the lead motor. After the dollies were
uncoupled from the lead motor, the victim was removing the drawbar from
one of the dollies when the trail motor traveled around a turn and
struck the uncoupled dollies.
Roger King, October 4, 2013,
Longwall Maintenance Foreman. He was supervising the installation of the
face conveyor chain. A scoop was
being used in conjunction with a sheave block and wire rope to pull on
the chain. The chain became
fouled, Mr. King got in the pan line to check, when the sheave block
broke loose from the anchor point and struck him.
John M. Garloch, March 8, 2015, Assistant Longwall Coordinator. On
the 12 East section, He was shoveling loose coal from between the
longwall face and the pan line when a large piece of rib fell from the
face and pinned him on the mine floor. He was struck by a piece of rib
that measured 12 feet long, 5 feet high by 1 foot thick. Three other men
were also injured.