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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 9, 1995, an equipment operator with 11 years of mining experience was killed at a gold pit. The employee drove a 190-ton haul truck over the berm on an elevated waste dump. The truck overturned several times before coming to rest at the bottom of the 120-foot slope. Upon coming to rest, the truck burst into flames from the ruptured hydraulic lines and storage tank. The victim died from sustained injuries. This is the 45th fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were 39 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the 15th fatality classified as powered haulage this year. There were also 15 powered haulage fatalities during the same period in 1994.

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Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M45]