Train all employees in hazard recognition and ensure they follow all safety requirements. Ensure that loose ground and overhanging material is taken down or block all access to those areas. Adopt mining methods that will maintain wall, bank or slope stability in all work areas.
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This is the 31st fatality reported in calendar year 2002 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2001, there were 23 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Fall of Highwall in 2002. There were no Fall of Highwall 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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report