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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 24, 2000, a 41-year-old miner with 18 years mining experience was fatally injured at an underground gold mine shaft development project. The victim stuck his head into the galloway's 4th level work deck bucket well. He was struck by a descending sinking bucket.

Best Practices

  • Persons should stay clear of all shaft openings whenever conveyances/buckets are in motion.

  • Warning systems should be installed to alert employees that moving buckets are nearing or passing through galloways.
  • 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 34th 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 34 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Hoisting in 2000. There were no Hoisting 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