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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 21, 2000, an 18-year-old plant operator with 1 year mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim, who had been operating the plant alone, became entangled in the unguarded tail pulley of the sand washer conveyor.

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Best Practices

  • Moving machine parts should be guarded to protect persons from contact that could cause injury.

  • Conveyors should be provided with emergency stop cords along their entire length.

  • Mine operators should take measures to assure all personnel are trained in safe work procedures.
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    This is the 13th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1999, there were 16 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the seventh fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2000. There were five Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 1999.


    The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.

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