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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On February 19, 2007, a 50 year-old truck driver (working as a car dropper), with 16 years mining experience, was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. He was moving two loaded railroad cars, by gravity, from the plant area to the main siding. The cars struck a 35-ton haul truck as it crossed the tracks, pinning the car dropper between the lead rail car and the truck. The truck driver received minor injuries.

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Best Practices
  • Establish an effective means to restrict access of self-propelled mobile equipment at railroad crossings when rail cars are being moved.
  • Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage, SLAM each task to identify all potential hazards. Require mobile equipment operators to stop, look and listen before they cross rail tracks.
  • Provide task training that focuses on the specific hazards inherent to dropping cars.
  • Establish an effective method of controlling track mounted equipment while in motion.
  • 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 3rd fatality reported in calendar year 2007 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2006, there three fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Non-Powered Haulage fatality in 2007. There were no Non-Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2006.

    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