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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On May 20, 2000, a 48-year-old dredge operator with 2 years mining experience drowned at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was in a work boat attempting to dislodge a rock from the cutter head when he fell into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket.

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Best Practices

  • Life jackets should be worn where there is a danger from falling into water.
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    This is the 18th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1999, there were 19 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Other in 2000. There was one Other fatality 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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