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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 12, 1996, a fork lift operator with 20 years of mining experience was killed at a limestone quarry. The employee was operating a fork lift when he struck a pipe that was protruding 1-foot out of the ground. The fork lift overturned causing the employee to be partially thrown from the operator's compartment and pinned under the unit's canopy. The victim died from crushing injuries. This is the 45th fatality reported in calendar year 1996 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1995, there were 48 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the 18th fatality classified as powered haulage this year. There were 16 powered haulage fatalities during the same period in 1995.

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Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96M45]