METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On March 24, 2004, a 41-year-old, driller with 22 years mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone mine. The victim was using a track mounted drill to drill blast holes. Apparently, he attempted to manually thread a new drill steel, with the mast vertical and the drill head rotating, when the rotating steel entangled him.
This is the 7th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2003, there were five fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 4th fatality classified as Machinery in 2004. There was one Machinery fatality in the same period in 2003.
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