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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 30, 2000, a 47-year-old driller with 7 years mining experience was fatally injured at an underground mine. The victim was operating a twin boom jumbo drill when his clothing became entangled on the rotating drill steel coupling sheer pin.

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Best Practices

  • Loose fitting clothing should not be worn when working around drilling machinery.

  • Persons should never step over or under a moving drill stem or auger.
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    This is the 35th 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 tenth 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