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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 24, 2007, a 36 year-old assistant superintendent with 17 years experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. He was struck in the head by a steel bar while attempting to remove a piece of steel wedged in the crusher. The victim was hospitalized and died on October 29, 2007.

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Best Practices
  • Contact the manufacturer to discuss their recommendations before attempting to free wedged material.
  • Train persons in safe work procedures and ensure they are provided with the appropriate tools or equipment to safely perform the task.
  • Review maintenance procedures to ensure all possible hazards have been identified and appropriate controls are in place to protect persons.
  • Remember and use SLAM: Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage.
  • 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 30th fatality reported in calendar year 2007 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2006, there were 24 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 2nd Hand Tools fatality in 2007. There were no Hand Tools 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