In 2009, a 42-year-old coal miner, married with two children, was working an evening shift in a Harrison County coal mine. The longwall shields were sluggish and he was told to back flush the hydraulic filters.

The high-pressure hose he was using required secure fittings on both ends. That day, the discharge end of the hose was simply stuck down through an opening with no fitting. When the trained electrician / mechanic activated the backflush function and the dump hose pressurized to 4200 PSI, the discharge end of the hose whipped around and violently struck him in the face.

He suffered severe fractures to his facial bones. The force was so great, he lost his eye. He suffered a traumatic brain injury.