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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 17, 2001 a 60 year-old contract maintenance mechanic with 5 years mining experience was fatally injured at a surface crushed stone operation. After parking a service truck, the victim walked between the truck and a generator trailer. The truck rolled forward and pinned the victim against the trailer.

Photo of Accident Scene   Photo of Accident Scene

Best Practices

  • Mobile equipment should not be left unattended unless the controls are placed in the park position and the brake is set.

  • When parked on a grade, the wheels of mobile equipment should be either chocked or turned into a bank.
  • 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 30th 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 16th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2001. There were 19 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