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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 20, 2002, a 20-year-old truck driver, with one year of experience, was fatally injured at a crushed stone mine. The victim backed his dump truck under a bin to receive material being washed from the bin. He exited the truck and stood on a concrete support foundation. While the victim was talking with the lead man situated above the bins, another haul truck backed under an adjacent bin and struck him causing fatal injuries.

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Best Practices

  • Establish procedures that require all personnel to be positioned so they are not exposed to self-propelled moving equipment.
  • Ensure that equipment operators proceed cautiously when entering areas with tight clearance or areas where personnel are present.
  • Establish procedures that require communications to be maintained between equipment operators and their co-workers.
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    This is the 24th fatality reported in calendar year 2002 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2001, there were 20 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the tenth fatality classified as powered haulage in 2002. There were eleven powered haulage 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