METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY
- On December 9, 1995, an equipment operator with 11 years
of mining experience was killed at a gold pit. The
employee drove a 190-ton haul truck over the berm on an
elevated waste dump. The truck overturned several times
before coming to rest at the bottom of the 120-foot slope.
Upon coming to rest, the truck burst into flames from the
ruptured hydraulic lines and storage tank. The victim
died from sustained injuries. This is the 45th fatality
reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal
mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were 39
fatalities reported in these industries. This death is
the 15th fatality classified as powered haulage this year.
There were also 15 powered haulage fatalities during the
same period in 1994.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M45]