METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On July 19, 2004, a 41 year-old contractor driller trainee with 20 years mining experience was fatally injured at a surface granite operation. The victim fell from the top of a highwall as he was re-threading a drill steel in a vertical drill.
This is the 13th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 for the Metal and Nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2003, there were 13 fatalities reported. This is the 5th fatality classified as Slip/fFall of Person in 2004. There were 2 Slip/Fall of Person 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