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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY -On March 28, 2005, a 49-year-old contractor electrician was fatally injured at a surface stone operation. The victim was performing repairs inside an electrical box when he contacted an energized component.

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Best Practices

Before YOU work on an electrical circuit:
  • Positively determine which circuit is to be worked on.
  • Disconnect power from the circuit.
  • Lock out and tag out the circuit with YOUR lock.
  • Test the circuit for voltage using properly rated test equipment.
  • Ground the circuit.
  • 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 6th fatality reported in calendar year 2005 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2004, there were 7 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st fatality classified as electrical in 2005. There were no electrical fatalities in the same period in 2004.

    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