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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 15, 1995, a contractor truck driver was killed at a traprock quarry. The truck driver was delivering a load of steel plates. Three steel plates weighing nearly 6,000 pounds were tied together by one nylon strap. They were lifted about 5 feet by a crane in order to slide a second strap around them. The truck driver walked under the suspended load, and at that moment, the strap around the steel plates broke. The plates fell striking the victim. He died from head injuries. This is the 26th fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were 29 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the 3rd fatality classified as machinery this year. There were five machinery fatalities during the same period in 1994.

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Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M26]