- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Investigators say a haul truck driver who died at Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek mine last June was not wearing a seat belt when he drove through a berm into a spoil pit.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration released findings of its investigation this past week.

The agency says the lack of seat belt use resulted in fatal injuries to 58-year-old Stewart Orcutt, of Sheridan.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://bit.ly/1GJ74DI ) that the investigation didn’t find a cause for the truck traveling through a berm and into the pit.

The Spring Creek mine is just over the Montana-Wyoming border north of Sheridan.

Since the accident, the company has emphasized seat belt use in training and has also started a program that involves spot checks for seat belts.


Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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