A bulldozer fell off a 160-foot high wall, killing its operator at the Bridger Coal Mine near Rock Springs, Wyoming, according to the Billings Gazette. The accident happened on October 6 at about 2:30 a.m. When the bulldozer plunged off the wall, the dozer operator, 44, was ejected from the cab and killed. The cause of the accident had yet to be determined, as the investigation was still ongoing at the time of this report.
Operations at the Bridger Coal Mine were shutdown while the accident was being investigated. The Bridger mine is one of Wyoming’s smaller mines. It is located in the southwest part of the state and provides the adjacent Jim Bridger Power Plant with a continuing fuel source for the four-unit, 2,100-megawatt generating station that produces electricity for PacifiCorp and Idaho Power customers in six states.
This accident was the third fatal mining accident in the United States in a three-day period, which is something that has not happened in the U.S. mining industry since 2002. It may be no coincidence that these accidents are occurring during the government shutdown, when more than half of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s employees are off the job.
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