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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 2, 2013, a 42-year old miner with 2 years of experience was killed at an underground gold mine. The victim was operating a Load Haul Dump (LHD), preparing to backfill a stope, when the LHD overtraveled the edge of the stope and fell into the open hole.

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Best Practices

  • Establish policies and procedures for conducting specific tasks.
  • Before beginning any work, ensure that persons are properly task trained and understand the hazards associated with the work to be performed.
  • Provide berms, bumper blocks, safety hooks or similar impeding devices at dumping locations where there is a hazard of overtravel or overturning.

  • 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 2013 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2012, there were 8 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the 3rd Powered Haulage fatality in 2013. There were 3 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2012.

    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