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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 12, 2002, a 52-year-old co-owner of a sand and gravel operation was fatally injured. The victim accompanied her husband to the mine to assist in setting up a new weighing facility while he used a front-end loader to fill in dirt around the newly installed truck scales. Apparently the victim inadvertently walked into the path of the loader as it was backing.

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Best Practices

  • Establish procedures that prohibit entering the work area of mobile equipment unless the operator is aware of your presence.
  • Ensure that you make eye contact with mobile equipment operators before approaching their work areas.
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    This is the 30th fatality reported in calendar year 2002 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2001, there were 23 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 13th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2002. There were 13 Powered Haulage 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