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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 2, 2001, a 48-year-old working foreman was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was operating a bulldozer in the pit when material slid from the highwall, covering the bulldozer.

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Best Practices

  • Mining methods should be established that ensure wall, bank, and slope stability in places where persons work or travel.

  • Appropriate supervisors or other designated persons should examine and, where applicable, test ground conditions in areas where work is to be performed prior to work commencing.

  • Ground conditions which create hazards to persons should be taken down or supported before work or travel is permitted in the affected area.
  • More Information E-mail Suggestion for Accident Prevention Program Submit your own suggestion for a remedy to prevent this type of accident in the future.
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    This is the ninth fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were nine fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Machinery in 2001. There were two Machinery fatalities in the same period in 2000.

    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