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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 22, 2006, a 53-year-old utility operator, with 33 years mining experience, was fatally injured on the surface of an underground limestone mine. The victim was walking near the railroad tracks when a front-end loader ran over him.

Photo of accident scene described in paragraph above.

Best Practices
  • Before moving mobile equipment, be certain no one is in the intended path, sound the horn to warn unseen persons, and wait a few moments to give them time to get to a safe location.
  • Train all miners to recognize the hazard of mobile equipment traveling nearby and never assume the equipment operator sees them.
  • Ensure that all workplaces are kept clean and orderly.
  • 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 8th fatality reported in calendar year 2006 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2005, there were 9 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 3rd Powered Haulage fatality in 2006. There were four Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2005.

    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