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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 24, 2000, a 58-year-old maintenance man with 7 years mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was at ground level cutting limbs from a felled tree while his co-worker was using a hydraulic shovel to move cut trees. As the tree was being moved, it snagged on another tree, fell from the bucket of the shovel and struck the victim.

Best Practices

  • Persons should not work or travel near suspended loads.

  • Hitches or slings should be used to securely attach material prior to hoisting.

  • Management should plan work tasks to eliminate exposure to hazards.
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    This is the 28th 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 sixth fatality classified as Machinery in 2000. There were four 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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    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report