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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 30, 2000, a 36-year-old operator with 5 years mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was welding inside a crusher when he received a fatal electrical shock.

Best Practices

  • Welding in a combined space should be avoided whenever possible

  • Job safety analysis should be done prior to the commencement of work

  • Proper personal protective equipment should be worn in accordance with the job being performed

  • Persons should be properly trained for each task
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    This is the 36th fatality reported in calendar year 2000 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. (On 8/8/2000, the Fatality Review Committee determined that fatal no. 8 on 2/21/2000 was not chargeable). As of this date in 1999, there were 34 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Electrical in 2000. There was one Electrical 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:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report