CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia underground mine operator didn’t comply with correct security procedures previous to the demise of a upkeep employee whose brakes failed on his electrical utility automobile and it misplaced management and crashed, in line with a federal regulator.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a closing report within the Nov. 1 demise of Brian Wallen, 49, an assistant upkeep shift supervisor at Mingo Logan Coal LLC’s Mountaineer II Mine within the Logan County group of Sharples.
MSHA stated the mine operator didn’t preserve the automobile in a protected working situation and did not take away it from service.
“The mine operator engaged in aggravated conduct constituting more than ordinary negligence,” the report stated.
Wallen, who had 25 years of mining expertise, died when the brakes failed and the automobile crashed and overturned on the backside of a slope. MSHA stated investigators discovered that the left rear brake caliper was damaged off previous to the accident and was tied to the automobile’s body with a plastic cable zip tie, the parking brake didn’t function when activated and the left rear wheel bearings have been worn and broken.
MSHA famous the mine operator had recognized the automobile as having a faulty braking system on three separate days simply earlier than the accident.
Less than 24 hours earlier than the accident, one other employee started shedding management of the identical automobile because it went down a slope however was unable to cease it till it reached degree floor, in line with the report. The automobile was towed to the floor, however an electrician who then labored on the battery was not instructed of any points with the braking system and didn’t conduct any exams or repairs on it. The electrician later knowledgeable a shift supervisor that the automobile was prepared once more to be used.
The operator was ordered to conduct pre-operation checks for security defects on cellular gear and to take away gear from service instantly if security defects are discovered.