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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 31, 2000, a 60-year-old contractor truck driver with 24 years mining experience was fatally injured at a limestone quarry. The victim was attempting to shift a portion of material in his frameless trailer by raising the bed of the truck. While standing at the rear of the trailer, it started to tip and, as he attempted to get back to the cab, the truck and trailer overturned, crushing him.

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Best Practices

  • Operators should remain in their trucks whenever the cargo box is elevated to the dump position

  • Truck cargo boxes should not be elevated to the dump position with a locked tailgate

  • Personnel should stay clear of trucks when cargo boxes are elevated to the dump position
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    This is the 41st 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 48 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 16th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2000. There were 17 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