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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 3, 2000, a 33-year-old miner with 13 years mining experience was fatally injured at an underground gold mine. The victim was taking a break on a muck pile when a loader entered the area and, unable to see him, lowered the bucket on him.

Best Practices

  • Rules designating break times and areas should be established and followed
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    This is the 33rd 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 31 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 15th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2000. There were 13 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