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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 21, 1995, a front-end loader operator was killed at a clay pit. The victim was cleaning out the scrubber. Another employee was working with a sledge hammer about 20 feet above the victim. The sledge hammer slipped out of the employee's hand and hit the victim on the head causing him to fall 14 feet to the ground. He died from the head injury. This is the 33rd fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were 31 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the first fatality classified as handtools this year. There were no handtools fatalities during the same period in 1994.

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M33]