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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On February 9, 2002, a 38 year-old equipment operator with four months mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim had exited the cab of the bulldozer that he was operating and was run over by the machine.

Photo of Accident Scene

Best Practices

  • Equipment operators should disengage the transmission and set the park brake before leaving the cab.
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    This is the seventh fatality reported in calendar year 2002 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2001, there were two fatalities reported in these industries. This is the second fatality classified as Machinery in 2002. There were no Machinery fatalities 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 Report