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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On July 4, 2001, a 44-year-old  truck driver (contractor employee) with 8 weeks mining experience was fatally injured at a mica quarry. The victim was driving a loaded 30-ton articulated haulage truck down an 8% grade and exited the truck after losing control. The truck continued down the grade and ran over the victim before coming to a stop against a berm.

Photo of Accident Scene     Photo of Accident Scene

Best Practices

  • Operators of self-propelled mobile equipment should maintain control of their equipment while it is in motion.
  • Equipment operators should remain in the cab until the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
  • Equipment operators should wear seatbelts whenever the vehicle is in motion.
  • 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 19th fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were 29 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the seventh fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2001. There were twelve 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