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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On February 9, 2001, a 21-year-old oiler with 8 months mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was performing a task underneath a transfer conveyor belt when he was caught between the conveyor belt and a return roller.

Best Practices

Photo or Conveyor roller
  • Procedures should be established to prohibit persons from performing maintenance or repair without first de-energizing the machinery and blocking it against motion.
  • Visible or audible warnings should be provided before conveyor start-up when the entire length of the conveyor is not visible from the starting switch.
  • 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 second fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were seven fatalities reported in these industries. This is the second fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2001. There were four 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