METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 28, 1998, a 36-year old mechanic (contractor employee) with 5 years experience was fatally injured at an open pit gold mine. The victim was driving a one-ton service truck through an intersection when he was struck by a loaded 190-ton haul truck.
Intersections on haulage roads should be provided with signs that determine right-of-way and are clearly illuminated for night visability. Traffic controls should be used to warn drivers of on-coming or intersecting traffic. For added visability at night, whip lights should be installed on all small vehicles.
This is the 43rd fatality reported in calendar year 1998 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1997, there were 51 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 18th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 1998. There were 20 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 1997.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report