METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 9, 2004, a 46-year-old contracted laborer, with 21/2 years mining experience, was fatally injured at an alumina operation. The victim was attempting to break up crusted material inside a lime surge tank by hydro-blasting through an open access door. The material inside the tank suddenly broke loose. The victim was knocked to the ground and engulfed.
This is the 25th fatality reported in calendar year 2004 in Metal and Nonmetal mining. As of this date in 2003, there were 25 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 6th fatality classified as Machinery in 2004. There were eight Machinery 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