METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On November 18, 2005, a 52-year old repairman with 33 years mining experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. A rubber-tired boom truck was being used to lift a motor from its mounting base. The victim, who was attempting to pry the motor free, was struck by the motor when it unexpectedly swung against the crusher as it came free.
Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task to identify all potential hazards. Practice safe work habits during the entire task. Disassemble all tensioned components to prevent a sudden release of energy before dismantling equipment. Position yourself only in areas where you will not be exposed to hazards resulting from a sudden release of energy. Train miners in safe work procedures and ensure they are familiar with manufacturer's recommendations before beginning repairs.
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This is the 34th fatality reported in calendar year 2005 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2004, there were 22 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 10th fatality classified as Machinery in 2005. There were 5 Machinery 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