METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 18, 2003, a 37-year-old supervisor with 16 years 8 months mining experience was fatally injured at an underground crushed stone mine. The victim and a co-worker were re-positioning a water discharge line adjacent to a fan installed on top of a ventilation shaft located on the first level of the mine. The victim stepped on the metal air shaft enclosure. The metal had deteriorated and it failed, causing the victim to fall down the shaft, 143 feet to the second level.
This is the third fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2002, there were three fatalities reported in these industries. This is the second fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 2003. There was one Slip/Fall of Person fatality in the same period in 2002.
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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report