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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 6, 1995, a quarryman with 8 months of mining experience was killed at a granite quarry. The employee was drilling plug holes into a granite block to allow the insertion of splitting wedges. An explosion occurred when he drilled into a charged hole that did not detonate during a previous planned blast. He died from sustained injuries. This is the 37th fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were 32 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the first fatality classified as explosives and breaking agents this year. There were two explosives and breaking agents fatalities during the same period in 1994.

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Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M37]