METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 5, 2007, a 46 year-old tire contractor, with 8 years experience, was fatally injured at a dimension stone operation. The victim was replacing tires on the front-end loader. He was pinned under the loader when it fell off the supporting jacks.
Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task to identify all potential hazards before performing maintenance work. Practice safe work habits during the entire task. Train miners and persons hired to perform work on the mine site in safe work procedures before beginning repairs. Monitor work to ensure procedures are followed. Securely block equipment against all hazardous motion at all times while performing maintenance work.
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This is the 7th fatality reported in calendar year 2007 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2006, there were five fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Falling Material fatality in 2007. There was one Falling Material fatality 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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report