METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY
- On October 9, 1995, a contractor truck driver with five years of
mining experience was killed at a uranium mill. There
were no witnesses to the accident. The employee was found
on the ground 20 feet behind a modified tractor. The
tractor had been modified to dump material from trailers
that did not have hydraulic systems. It was equipped with
out-rigger wheels that were in the down position. The
employee had unhooked his empty trailer from the tractor
and was apparently run over by the left out-rigger wheel
of the tractor as it started to roll down a slight grade.
He died from crushing injuries. This is the 38th 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 13th fatality classified as powered haulage this year.
There were also 13 powered haulage fatalities during the
same period in 1994.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M38]