METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On May 2, 2009, a 51-year old front-end loader operator with 8 weeks of experience was fatally injured at a surface clay operation. The victim parked a front-end loader on a loading ramp and was run over by the machine after he exited it.
Keep unauthorized persons out of the cabs of mobile equipment. Never leave mobile equipment unattended unless the controls are placed in the park position and the parking brake is set. Lower the bucket to the ground when parking mobile equipment. Chock or turn the wheels when parked on a grade.
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This is the 9th fatality reported in calendar year 2009 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2008, there were 7 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Powered Haulage fatality in 2009. There were 2 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2008.
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