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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 10, 2000, a 49-year-old miner with 22 years mining experience was fatally injured at an underground limestone mine. The victim and a co-worker were scaling from the basket of a scaling rig, about 60 feet from the floor. The basked became wedged against a pillar and while attempting to free it, the basket suddenly broke free and threw the victim out of it.

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Best Practices

  • Persons should always tie off when working in elevated work areas.

  • Man baskets should be kept a safe distance away from walls to avoid being snagged.
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    This is the 32nd fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. (On 8/8/2000, the Fatality Review Committee determined that fatal no. 8 on 2/21/2000 was not chargeable). As of this date in 1999, there were 33 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the ninth fatality classified as Machinery in 2000. There were six 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.

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