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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1287429.015 - Rockwell Mining Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston

Nr: 1287429.015Report ID: 0316400Open Date: 01/11/2018

Rockwell Mining Llc
Route 85 And Cazy Hollow
Van, WV 25206
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 212112/Bituminous Coal Underground Mining
Mailing: Po Box 57, Wharton, WV 25208

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:01/11/2018
Close Case:10/30/2018

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1299333    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 2 5
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $46,193 $0 $0 $1,848 $0 $48,041
Current Penalty $25,868 $0 $0 $9,239 $0 $35,107
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100146 C01 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $12,934 $12,934 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19100146 C02 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $12,934 $12,934 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19100146 D03 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $0 $12,934 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01002C Serious 19100146 G01 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004A Other 19101200 E01 II 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $7,391 $7,391 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01004B Other 19101200 H02 II 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02001 Other 19040029 A 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $1,848 $1,848 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 02002 Other 19100145 C03 03/29/2018 04/24/2018 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 102156.015Event: 11/28/2017Employee Dies From Methane Gas Asphyxiation
At 2:00 p.m. on November 28, 2017, Employee #1 and a coworker were looking for drainage valves at a mine water treatment pond facility. Employee #1 went down a ladder into a manhole next to one of the ponds to look for the valve. Employee#1 fell off of the ladder as soon as his head got to ground level. He fell into the bottom of the twelve foot deep manhole and collapsed against a wall. Emergency services were contacted along with responders from MSHA. The MSHA personnel were the only people on site with gas detectors. The MSHA personnel found the oxygen level to be 5 percent and the methane level to be 15 percent in the manhole. A blower system was set up to clear the manhole of the methane gas before rescuers could retrieve Employee #1. Employee #1 died from asphyxiation before he could be rescued.
Keywords: asphyxiated, methane, manhole, ladder, enclosed space, fall
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1287429.015 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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