Open flame heating devices should not be left unattended. Devices with open flame should not be used in confined spaces where oxygen could become depleted. Tests for explosive gases should be conducted prior to using any possible ignition source in a confined space.
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This is the fifth 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 Ignition/Explosion of Gas or Dust in 2001. There were no Ignition/Explosion of Gas or Dust 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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report