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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 29, 2005, a 21- year old equipment operator, with 12 weeks mining experience, was operating a scraper at a sand and gravel operation. The scraper's wheels ran over the edge of the stockpile, causing it to overturn. A co-worker saw the victim jump from the machine. He was fatally injured when the scraper rolled on to its side.

Photo of Accident Scene

Best Practices

  • Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task.
  • Operate mobile equipment so that you maintain control.
  • Always wear a seat belt when operating mobile equipment.
  • Never jump from mobile equipment.
  • 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 15th fatality reported in calendar year 2005 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2004, there were 13 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 6th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2005. There were two Powered Haulage fatalities during the same period in 2004.

    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