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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 28, 1998, a 36-year old plant operator was fatally injured at an open pit limestone mine. The victim climbed a conveyor structure and became caught in a pinch point while attempting to clean a moving conveyor belt with a shovel. The victim's arm was severed and he fell 9 feet to the ground.

Best Practices

  • Conveyors should be de-energized and blocked against motion before work is performed on them.
  • Guards around moving machine parts should cover all areas which miners can contact inadvertently.
  • Substantially constructed work platforms should be provided at all worksites.
  • Where there is a danger of falling, persons should wear safety belts and lines.
  • This is the 17th fatality reported in calendar year 1998 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1997, there were 27 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the sixth fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 1998. There were 12 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 1997.

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