METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On July 24, 1996, a miner was killed at an underground gold mine. The employee was drilling at the face when he was buried by material that fell from the roof. He died from suffocation. This is the 31st fatality reported in calendar year 1996 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1995, there were 22 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the third fatality classified as fall of roof this year. There were no fall of roof fatalities during the same period in 1995.
(This accident has been reclassified from fall of roof to fall of rib.)
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96M31]