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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 22, 1995, an electrician with 27 years of mining experience died from serious flash burns he received on August 23, 1995, at an underground potash mine. The employee was in the process of testing the electrical bus bars to a motor control center. As he was preparing to change the incoming leads to obtain correct rotation on the motors, the tool he was using made contact between one phase and the grounded enclosure of the energized 480-volt motor control center. This is the 34th 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 fourth fatality classified as electrical this year. There was one electrical fatality during the same period in 1994.

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Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M34]