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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On February 17, 1995, a driller with six months of mining experience was killed at a limestone quarry. There were no witnesses to the accident. The employee was operating a track drill. He was found dead wrapped around the drill steel. It is believed that the employee's clothing got caught on the moving drill stem. This is the eighth fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were also eight fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the first fatality classified as machinery this year. There were four machinery fatalities during the same period in 1994.

MSHA is prohibited by congressionally imposed budget restrictions from enforcing the training requirements of 30 CFR Part 48 at this operation.

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M08]