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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On March 10, 1995, a contractor employee was killed at a copper pit. The employee was operating a wood chipper clearing a new construction site of fallen trees. He was attempting to clean out the area between the feed chute and the operator's cab of the chipper when the yoke assembly for the in-feed roller rotated downward pinning the victim and crushing the right side of his skull. This is the tenth fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were 11 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the second fatality classified as machinery this year. There were four machinery fatalities during the same period in 1994.

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Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M10]