METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On July 21, 1996, a 15-year old boy was killed at a limestone quarry. The boy was fishing in a river on mine property with several of his friends. The water became energized due to a short in the electrical wiring to a 480 volt water pump located on the shore of the river. A wire cable led from the pump to the water. The victim died from electrocution. This is the 30th fatality reported in calendar year 1996 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1995, there were 22 fatalities reported in these industries. This death is the second fatality classified as electrical this year. There was one electrical fatality during the same period in 1995.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL96M30]