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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY -On November 29, 1999, a 44-year-old Dredge Operator was fatally injured while attempting to move a blown discharge hose with a chain clamp. He was electrocuted when the clamp contacted a 440-volt power conductor.

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Best Practices

  • Electrical circuits must be de-energized before mechanical work is conducted within close proximity of the energized circuit

  • Ground fault protection should be provided on floating dredges to protect persons
  • This is the 50th fatality reported in calendar year 1999 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1998, there were 49 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 4th fatality classified as Electrical in 1999. There was 1 Electrical fatality in the same period in 1998.

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