A Kentucky coal mine beltman died on Jan. 26 from injuries he sustained after being pulled into a belt drive roller.
Ray Hatfield Jr, of Hi Hat, Kentucky, was shoveling loose coal near a belt drive when he came into contact with a roller, according to the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration. No other employees witnessed the accident. Hatfield had 23 years of experience.
The mine, located in Pike County, Kentucky, has nine employees and produced more than 14,000 tons of coal last year, according to MHSA.