METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 29, 2004, a 24-year-old laborer with four days mining experience was fatally injured at a cement operation. The victim entered a large transfer duct and walked in ankle deep dust until he reached a point where the duct work joined with another one. He walked on the crusted surface of a mound of hot dust that had accumulated directly beneath a hot gas generator. The victim received fatal burns when the material unexpectedly gave way and he fell waist deep into the hot dust.
This is the 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2003, there were three fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 2004. There were two Slip/Fall of Persons fatalities in the same period in 2003.
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