METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY
- On May 19, 1995, a 5 year old boy and a crusher operator
were killed at a sand and gravel operation. The boy was
brought to the mine by his mother who is employed at the
operation. The boy was in a school bus that was being
used as an office and the crusher operator was standing
outside the crusher when an estimated one million cubic
yards of material collapsed from the highwall engulfing
them. The victims died from crushing injuries. These
deaths make a total of 18 fatalities reported in calendar
year 1995 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As
of this date in 1994, there were 15 fatalities reported in
these industries. These deaths make a total of three
fatalities classified as fall of face/highwall this year.
There was one fall of face/highwall fatality during the
same period in 1994.
MSHA is prohibited by congressionally imposed budget
restrictions from enforcing the training requirements of
30 CFR Part 48 at this operation.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL95M17]