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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 23, 2000, a 40-year-old iron worker (contractor employee) with no mining experience was fatally injured at a cement operation. The victim was installing a steel walkway on an elevated deck. As he walked across the unsecured decking, he stepped on a section which tipped and he fell 45 feet to the ground.

Best Practices

  • Persons exposed to fall hazards should always wear a safety harness and have their life lines secured.

  • A safe means of access should be provided to all areas where persons are required to work or travel.

  • Guard rail or barriers should be installed to prohibit entry into hazardous areas.
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    This is the 25th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1999, there were 20 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the fourth fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 2000. There was one Slip/Fall of Person 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.

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