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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 14, 2001, a 56-year-old miner (contractor employee) with 35 years mining experience was fatally injured at an underground platinum mine. The victim was connecting an air hose, when he was struck by an LHD that entered the work area.

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Best Practices

  • Equipment operators should proceed cautiously when entering areas where personnel are working on foot.

  • Mine operators should take measures to ensure all underground personnel who work near mobile equipment wear reflective clothing.
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    This is the 18th fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were 22 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the sixth fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2001. There were ten Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2000.

    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