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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 3, 2007, a 40 year-old truck driver, with 1 � years mining experience, was fatally injured at a lead/zinc operation. The victim was hauling shot rock to the toe area of the main tailings dam and lost control of the truck on the roadway near the base of the dam. The truck rolled over and became partially submerged in a pond near the toe of the dam.

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Best Practices
  • Establish traffic rules requiring mobile equipment to be operated in the appropriate gear at speeds and payloads consistent with grades, conditions of the roadway, and the experience level of the drivers.
  • Ensure adequate pre-operational checks are conducted and the retarding and braking systems are properly maintained and will stop and hold the mobile equipment.
  • Task training for equipment operators should include a thorough review of the manufacturer's Operator's Manual and all warnings should be adhered to.
  • Monitor regularly, to ensure equipment operators utilize seat belts at all times.
  • Ensure that adequate berms of mid-axel height are provided for roadways where a drop off exists.
  • 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.
    Please specify if you wish your submission to be anonymous or whether your name may be used. Please include the year of the fatality and the fatality number.

    This is the 6th fatality reported in calendar year 2007 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2006, there were four fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Powered Haulage fatality in 2007. There were no Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2006.

    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