METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 8, 1997, a mechanic with approximately 3 years of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. While performing mechanical repairs on a wash plant blade mill, the mill became energized pulling the victim into it. He died from crushing injuries. This is the first fatality reported in calendar year 1997 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1996, there were no fatalities reported in these industries. This fatality has been classified as machinery.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL97M01]