METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 26, 1996, a highlift/plant operator with seven years of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. A section of wood decking on an elevated walkway collapsed when the employee jumped onto it from a height of about two feet. The employee fell into a bin below the walkway and was engulfed by fine gravel. He died from suffocation. This is the 26th fatality reported in calendar year 1996 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1995, there were 21 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the second fatality classified as slip/fall of person this year. There were also two slip/fall of person fatalities during the same period in 1995.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96M26]