This worker had more than fifteen years of experience at moving cars into position by using the electrical cable winch to give the newly loaded car the inertia to couple to the previous car. This day, doing the job he had done every day for so long, he stepped between two loaded rail cars that were slowly moving toward each other to be coupled. The worker darted between the moving rail cars confident that he could perform this dangerous act. He was caught between the two cars, and as the male and female connectors coupled, the worker was severed in half at the waist. He died minutes later.
In 1975, mine fatalities were considered inevitable. Today, the goal of zero fatal accidents shows a significant change in mine safety attitude.
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