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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 12, 1995, a dredge operator with two years of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The employee was in a johnboat attempting to remove an obstruction from the suction digger on the dredge and fell into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket, and he drowned. This is the 47th fatality reported in calendar year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1994, there were 40 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 2nd fatality caused by drowning this year. There were no drownings during the same period in 1994.

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M47]