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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On October 17, 2017, a miner was fatally injured while operating a bulldozer on a downward slope. While pushing overburden to a rock bench below the top of the pit, he was ejected from the cab and run over by the left track. The machine continued to tram over the edge of the 58' highwall.

accident scene

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This is the 10th fatality reported in calendar year 2017 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2016, there were 15 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 2nd Machinery fatality in 2017.  There were 4 Machinery fatalities during the same period in 2016.

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.