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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On July 30, 2005, a 23-year old contractor equipment operator, with 20 months mining experience, was fatally injured at a surface gold mine. The victim was operating a water truck that left the roadway and climbed the berm, causing it to overturn and land back on the haul road. The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the cab of the truck.

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Best Practices

  • Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task.
  • Always wear a seat belt when operating a truck or moving machine.
  • Exercise caution when approaching grades and operate mobile equipment in the appropriate gear at speeds consistent with the grade being traveled.
  • Conduct pre-operational checks to identify any defects that may affect the safe operation of equipment before it is placed into service.
  • 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 19th fatality reported in calendar year 2005 in Metal and Nonmetal mining. As of this date in 2004, there were 15 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 8th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2005. There were 2 Powered Haulage 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