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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 18, 1995, a dozer operator (contractor employee) with three weeks of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The employee was operating a rubber-tired dozer pushing trucks out of the pit. As he was backing down the ramp, he apparently lost control of the dozer. The dozer went over the berm and fell into the pit which was filled with approximately 30 feet of water. The victim drowned. This is the 31st fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were also 31 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the fifth fatality classified as machinery this year. There were also five machinery fatalities during the same period in 1994.

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M31]