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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 25, 2001, a 36-year-old welder (contractor employee) with 36 weeks mining experience was fatally injured at a granite operation. The victim had been working in and around a material bin and was discovered as the bin was being emptied.

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Best Practices

  • Personnel should be trained in safe work procedures.
  • Feed and discharge controls should be de-energized, locked-out, and tagged prior to accessing bins and hoppers.
  • Persons entering bins should wear a safety belt and line and a second person should be designated to tend the lifeline.
  • 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 11th fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were 14 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the fourth fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 2001. There were two Slip/Fall of Person 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