METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 10, 2000, a 44-year-old truck driver with 10 weeks mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was greasing fittings while working from the elevated bucket of a front-end loader. The loader operator accidentally bumped the tilt control, causing the victim to be squeezed between the bucket and the machinery.
Persons should not work from mobile equipment in a raised position until it has been blocked to prevent it from rolling and the raised component secured to prevent movement.
Persons should not be transported in buckets of mobile equipment.
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This is the first fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1999, there was one fatality reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2000. There was one Powered Haulage fatality in the same period in 1999.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report