This is the 20th fatality reported in calendar year 1999 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1998, there were 27 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Handling Material in 1999. There was one Handling Material fatality in the same period in 1998.
Maintenance should not be performed unless components are blocked against hazardous motion.
The manufacturer's guidelines for removing wheels should be reviewed and followed.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report