METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On May 27, 2004, a 37-year-old truck driver with four years mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim and two co-workers were dismantling a crusher for shipment to another mine site. A front-end loader, with a jib boom attachment, was being used to slightly lift the crusher discharge conveyor. During this operation, the conveyor support arm broke away from the fixed fastening base allowing the conveyor to suddenly swing upward. The victim, who was attempting to remove the pin from a support arm, was struck by a portion of the conveyor.
This is the 9th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2003, there were eleven fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2004. There were no Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2003.
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