METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 9, 2005, a 26-year old equipment operator, with five years mining experience, was fatally injured while operating a scraper at a pumice operation. As the scraper descended a grade, it veered off the roadway and traveled over rutted ground. The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the cab.
Conduct thorough pre-operational checks on all self-propelled mobile equipment and promptly correct any defects that may affect safety prior to using the equipment. Maintain service brakes to stop and hold mobile equipment prior to operating it. Always wear a seat belt when operating self-propelled mobile equipment.
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This is the 23rd fatality reported in calendar year 2005 in Metal and Nonmetal mining. As of this date in 2004, there were 18 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 12th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2005. There were five Powered Haulage fatalities in 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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report