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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On November 23, 2003, a 44-year-old company vice president with 2 years mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was using a steel bar to dislodge a blockage in an impact crusher. The bar contacted a moving crusher component causing it to be propelled and strike the victim's neck.

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Best Practices

  • Before working on or near equipment, ensure the equipment power is off, it is locked out/tagged out, and has been blocked against hazardous motion.
  • Identify possible hazards associated with the work to be performed along with the methods to properly protect persons.
  • Discuss work procedures before beginning work.
  • Use proper tools and equipment for the job and ensure personnel are trained in safe work procedures.
  • 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.
    Please specify if you wish your submission to be anonymous or whether your name may be used. Please include the year of the fatality and the fatality number.

    This is the 25th fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2002, there were 38 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 9th fatality classified as machinery in 2003. There were 11 machinery fatalities 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:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report