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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY -On May 9, 2000, a 51-year-old dozer operator with 30 years mining experience was fatally injured at an amethyst operation. The victim was pushing material off the edge of a hillside when the dozer slipped, turned sideways, and rolled down the hill. The victim was not wearing the seat belt and was thrown from the dozer.

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Best Practices

  • Equipment operators should always wear seat belts.

  • Dozer operators should not operate their machines parallel to the edge of drop offs.
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    This is the 17th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1999, there were 17 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the fourth fatality classified as Machinery in 2000. There were no Machinery 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.

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