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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 6, 2000, a 43-year-old boiler maker (contractor employee) with 20 years construction experience was fatally injured at a cement operation. The victim had stepped from the walkway onto a steel I-beam to help position a component being installed. He lost his balance and fell about 63 feet. The victim was wearing a harness attached to a lanyard, but he had not connected his lanyard to the wire rope static line that was provided.

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Best Practices

  • Persons should always tie off when working in elevated work areas.
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    This is the 19th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 1999, there were 20 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the third fatality classified as Slip/Fall of Person in 2000. There was one Slip/Fall of Person 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.

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