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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 30, 2000, a 56-year-old front-end loader operator with 4 years mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim parked his loader and walked over to an area where a backhoe was being positioned to excavate access to a plugged water line. When the backhoe operator engaged the swing pedal, it stuck, causing the boom to swing and strike the victim.

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Best Practices

  • Management should establish procedures to restrict foot traffic in areas where mobile equipment is being operated.

  • Equipment operators should not operate mobile equipment until personnel are clear of all hazards from equipment motion.

  • Equipment defects affecting safety should be corrected prior to using the equipment.
  • More Information E-mail Suggestion for Accident Prevention Program Submit your own suggestion for a remedy to prevent this type of accident in the future.
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    This is the 29th 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 13th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2000. There were six Powered Haulage 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.

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