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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 30, 2000, a 33-year-old supervisor with 2 years mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was adjusting the water feed when he lost his balance and fell into the log washer which was operating.

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Best Practices

  • Machinery should be de-energized or moving machine parts should be guarded to protect persons from contact that could cause injury.

  • Safe access should be provided to all work areas.

  • Mine operators should establish procedures that assess all work tasks to identify and promptly correct all hazards.
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    This is the 27th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1999, there were 22 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the fifth 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