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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 11, 1995, a dredge operator with six months of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The employee was in the process of removing a rear tandem drive unit from a dump truck. The truck bed was raised and blocked against motion. The stabilizer bars, drive line, and air lines were unbolted. When the employee finished working on the truck, he removed the bed securing block and began lowering the bed. The bed was moving slowly, presumably from the cold temperature. It is believed that the employee was attempting to tie up the drive line when he went under the descending bed of the truck. The bed fell crushing him between the bed and the frame of the truck. He died from crushing injuries. This is the 46th 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 16th fatality classified as powered haulage this year. There were 15 powered haulage fatalities during the same period in 1994.

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M46]