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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 5, 1995, a shovel operator (contractor employee) with 13 years of mining experience was killed at a gold pit. Approximately 50,000 tons of material sloughed off the highwall of the open pit engulfing an 85-ton haul truck and a pit shovel. The shovel operator was dead when recovered. The truck operator was recovered with minor injuries. This is the first fatality reported in calendar 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there was also one fatality reported in these industries. This fatality is classified as fall of face/highwall.

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Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M01]