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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 3, 1997, a laborer, with one year and three months of mining experience, was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The victim had assisted with the installation of a Telsmith 24" double screw sand washer. It appears he was standing on 4' high concrete supports for the washer to grease the bull and pinion gears, while it was running. He was caught by the moving machinery and drawn into the gears. This is the 60th fatality reported in calendar year 1997 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1996, there were 43 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 23rd fatality classified as "Powered Haulage" in 1997. There were 15 "Powered Haulage" fatalities during the same period in 1996.

For more information:
Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report [FTL97M60]