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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 18, 2005, a 36-year old miner with 3 years and 8 months mining experience was fatally injured at an underground potash mine. The victim had parked his articulated haulage unit and exited the operator's cab. He was found pinned beneath the haulage unit.

Photo showing articulated haulage unit

Best Practices

  • Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task to identify all potential hazards.
  • Set the parking brake before exiting mobile equipment.
  • Do not attempt to stop moving equipment after you have exited the vehicle.
  • When parking mobile equipment on a grade, chock the wheels or turn them into a rib.
  • 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 29th fatality reported in calendar year 2005 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2004, there were 22 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 14th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2005. There were seven 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