METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 7, 2003, a 34-year-old contract employee with 10 years welding experience was fatally injured at a cement plant. The victim and three co-workers were working from two man lifts on opposite sides of a 16-foot diameter metal duct connected to a scrubber. They were utilizing welding machines to air gouge a metal flange when an ignition occurred inside the scrubber. Apparently hot slag fell inside the scrubber and ignited a combustible membrane that served to filter exhaust gases exiting the scrubber. A second victim was briefly hospitalized; the 2 remaining workers were treated and released.
This is the first fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2002, there were no fatalities reported in these industries. This is the first fatality classified as Ignition or Explosion of Gas in 2003. There were no Ignition or Explosion of Gas fatalities in the same period in 2002.
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