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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 24, 2002, a 62 year-old laborer with 20 years mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim exited a building during a heavy rain and was crossing a plant roadway when he was apparently struck by the bucket edge of a front-end loader.

Photo of Accident Scene     Photo of Accident Scene

Best Practices

  • When visibility is restricted by inclement weather, mobile equipment operators should turn on all exterior lights and keep the cab windows free of condensation or other obstructions that affect visibility.

  • Signs or signals that warn of pedestrians should be installed where persons routinely cross plant roadways on foot.

  • Operating speeds should be consistent with conditions of the roadway, visibility, and possible pedestrian traffic.

  • Equipment operators should keep buckets, forks or booms close to the ground when traveling.
  • 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 fifth fatality reported in calendar year 2002 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2001, there was one fatality reported in these industries. This is the third fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2002. There was one Powered Haulage fatality in the same period in 2001.

    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