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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 4, 2001, a 23 year-old construction worker with 16 weeks experience was fatally injured at a surface crushed stone operation. The victim was walking on an inclined steel I-beam when he lost his balance and fell about 40 feet.

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Best Practices

  • Safety belts and lines should be used when persons work where there is a danger of falling.

  • Stairways, ladder ways and other forms of safe access should used when traveling from one floor to another.
  • 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 28th fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were 46 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the fourth fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 2001. There were six 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