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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On October 29, 2001, a 36-year-old laborer, with 5 weeks of mining experience, was fatally injured at a surface sand and gravel mine when he became entangled in a conveyor tension roller. The victim had been assigned to do miscellaneous clean up throughout the plant and became entangled while carrying out his duties.

Photo of Belt Roller

Best Practices

  • Moving machine parts should be guarded to protect persons.

  • Clean up in and around moving machinery should not be conducted while the equipment is in operation.

  • Safe access should be provided to all working areas.
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    This is the 26th fatality reported in calendar year 2001 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2000, there were 40 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 14th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2001. There were 15 Powered Haulage 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