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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 16, 2002, a 42 year-old welder with 2 years mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was lying on a wet, metal screen deck welding a wear plate in a confined area when he apparently touched the energized welding rod to his chest and received an electrical shock.

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Best Practices

  • Establish procedures that require welders to cover metal with approved insulated mats or dry wood when lying to weld in confined areas.

  • Ensure that maintenance activities are planned and possible hazards are eliminated.

  • Provide the proper supplies and equipment to complete all tasks.
  • 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 27th fatality reported in calendar year 2002 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2001, there were 20 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the second fatality classified as Electrical in 2002. There were no Electrical fatalities in the same period in 2001.

    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