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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 12, 2000, a 47-year-old loader operator with 17 years mining experience was fatally injured at a dimension stone operation. The victim had used a wheel loader to move two large limestone blocks from the waste rock dump. He placed the rear block on uneven ground. The victim was positioned between the blocks marking them for cutting, when the rear block toppled forward pinning him against the front block.

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Best Practices

  • Stone blocks should be placed on level ground.

  • Stone blocks being examined or marked should be placed in an open area away from other blocks.

  • Lagging, wedges or other suitable support should be utilized to support blocks on uneven surfaces.
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    This is the 21st 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 first fatality classified as Falling/Sliding Material in 2000. There was one Falling/Sliding Material 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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    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report