METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On July 17, 1998 a 73-year old service contractor was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was replacing a windshield on a front-end loader when he slipped and fell to the ground. He had no mining experience but had performed glass replacement services for 40 years.
Manlifts, scaffolds or substantially constructed work platforms should be used by persons working from elevated locations.
A safe means of access should be provided to enable employees to climb and descend from elevated work sites.
This is the 31st fatality reported in calendar year 1998 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1997, there were 39 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the fifth fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 1998. There were four Slip/Fall of Person fatalities in the same period in 1997. (Please note the 1997 final fatality count was changed from 60 to 61 after the close of the calendar year).
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report