METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On November 13, 1998, a 50-year old ironworker (contractor employee) with 30 years experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. Four contract employees were dismantling a hopper. The victim exited the lift basket onto a beam and fell 40 feet. The victim was wearing a safety harness, but the life line was not attached.
Persons exposed to fall hazards should always attach their life lines. Mine operators should take an active role to assure that contractors follow basic safe work practices.
This is the 48th fatality reported in calendar year 1998 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1997, there were 58 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the eighth fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 1998. There were seven Slip/Fall of Person fatalities in the same period in 1997. (Please note the 1997 final fatality count was changed from 60 to 61 after the close of the calendar year.)
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report