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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 14, 2000, a 44-year-old dozer operator (contractor employee) with 2 years mining experience was fatally injured at a milling operation. The victim parked his dozer near the stockpile area and dismounted. A 25-ton articulated haul truck was in the process of pulling away from the stockpile after dumping his load when he struck the victim.

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Best Practices

  • Management should establish procedures to prohibit foot traffic in areas where large mobile equipment is operated.

  • Equipment operators should sound a warning and allow time for personnel to get clear prior to moving mobile equipment.

  • Personnel should establish eye contact with operators of mobile equipment before approaching the equipment.
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    This is the 22nd 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 11th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2000. There were six Powered Haulage fatalities 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