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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 9, 2001, a 30-year-old miner with 7 years mining experience was fatally injured at an underground gold mine. The victim was wetting down the underground haulage way when he backed his water truck over a berm, falling approximately 60 feet into the stope.

Depiction of Accident Scene

Best Practices

  • Dump sites should be provided with restraints or devices that prevent over-travel.

  • Signs or warning devices should be installed near underground dump locations to alert operators of mobile equipment.
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    This is the first fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were no fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2001. There were no 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