METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 9, 1996, a front-end loader operator with 15 years of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The employee was operating a front-end loader feeding the crusher with material from the pit. While returning to the pit for another load, he apparently ran off the road into a trench. The loader was found on its side in the trench. The victim had been thrown from the cab of the loader and was found partially pinned by the cab railing. He died from crushing injuries. This is the 40th fatality reported in calendar year 1996 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1995, there were 39 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the 13th fatality classified as powered haulage this year. There were also 13 powered haulage fatalities during the same period in 1995.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96M40]