Investigators Say Death at Dotiki Mine Was Preventable

Federal investigators have determined a western Kentucky coal miner's death could have been prevented if management had done what they should have.

On January 19, 2016, 36-year-old Nathan Phillips was killed at Webster County Coal's Dotiki Mine.

Investigators have determined he was pinned to a wall while trying to move a large mining machine and was crushed to death.

A report from the US Mine and Safety Health Administration says managers at the mine knew that Phillips wasn't wearing an emergency shut-off device.

That device is designed to shut off the machine if someone gets too close.

Federal investigators also cited the mine operator for failing to preserve the accident scene.

The report also says the accident happened while authorities were at the mine completing a routine safety inspection.


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