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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On December 13, 2004, a 56-year-old laborer, with four years mining experience, was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was working around a concrete decanting structure and apparently fell into the water.

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Best Practices

  • Ensure that flotation devices are provided and worn by miners where there is a danger of falling into water.
  • Before beginning work, miners should discuss the job tasks, identify all possible hazards, and ensure that steps are taken to safely perform the task (risk analysis).
  • More Information E-mail Suggestion for Accident Prevention Program Submit your own suggestion for a remedy to prevent this type of accident in the future.
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    This is the 27th 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 1st fatality classified as Other in 2004. There were two Other 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:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report