METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - - On April 25, 2003, a 39-year-old equipment operator with 2 years mining experience was fatally injured at a surface sand and gravel mine. The victim was operating an excavator near the edge of an embankment in the pit. The ground under the excavator failed causing the excavator to slide down the embankment and fall onto its side, crushing the victim inside the cab.
This is the seventh fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2002, there were fourteen fatalities reported in these industries. This is the second fatality classified as machinery in 2003. There were four machinery fatalities in the same period in 2002.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report