METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 22, 2004, a 63-year-old superintendent with 45 years mining experience was fatally injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim and two co-workers were installing a new conveyor belt. He was standing on the steel support structure for the conveyor and fell 12 feet when the rope he was pulling unexpectedly came loose from the end of the belt.
This is the 16th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 for the Metal and Nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2003, there were 16 fatalities reported. This is the 6th fatality classified as Fall of Person in 2004. There were three Fall of Person fatalities 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