METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 28, 2005, a 32-year old crusher foreman with 7 years mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim and another miner were moving a radial stacking conveyor to a new position. The victim was positioned on the ground while a front-end loader was used to move the unit. He was caught by one of the wheels of the stacking conveyor.
Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task to identify all potential hazards. Prior to starting the task, jointly discuss steps that will be taken to safely perform the job. Ensure that miners communicate clearly with each other. Ensure that miners are not positioned in areas where they are exposed to hazards.
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This is the 31st fatality reported in calendar year 2005 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2004, there were 22 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 15th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2005. There were 7 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2004.
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