METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On May 15, 2003, a 51-year-old master welder with 30 years mining experience was fatally injured in a shop at a surface stone mine. The victim was fabricating a screen tower section. Using an overhead bridge crane, he was positioning the 3-beam, right side component for assembly. While the victim was standing on the bottom beam, communicating with the crane operator and positioning a chain sling, the load shifted and fell, crushing him.
This is the ninth fatality reported in calendar year 2003 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2002, there were fifteen fatalities reported in these industries. This is the fourth fatality classified as machinery in 2003. There were five machinery 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