METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 18, 2004, a 50-year-old deck hand helper with 9 years mining experience was fatally injured at a cement operation. The victim was helping reposition rail cars within the plant rail yard. He had thrown the switch and signaled the locomotive operator to begin pushing the string of eight cars onto the inbound track. The operator lost sight of the switchman and about 40 seconds later saw the victim lying on the tracks. He had been run over by the moving rail cars.
This is the 15th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 for the Metal and Nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2003, there were 14 fatalities reported. This is the 4th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2004. There was one Powered Haulage 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