METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 13, 2005, a 64-year old truck driver, with 25 years mining experience, was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was dumping material over a 20-foot high stockpile when the truck overturned.
Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage ( SLAM ) each task to identify all possible hazards. Initiate action so the task can be safely performed. Always inspect dumping locations prior to dumping the first load. Where material has been loaded out of the stockpile or where ground conditions may fail to support the weight of the mobile equipment, loads should be dumped a safe distance back from the edge. Maintain berms or similar impeding devices at dumping locations where there is a hazard of overtravel. Fasten your seat belt every time you operate a truck or self-propelled mobile equipment.
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This is the 24th 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 11th fatality classified as Powered Haulage in 2005. There were 5 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