METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 13, 2007, a 45 year-old contractor welder, with 17 years experience, was injured at the surface lime plant of an underground limestone mine. The victim was assisting co-workers to install a section of 42-inch diameter pipe when the pipe shifted and struck him. He was hospitalized and died on June 19, 2007.
Identify and review hazards associated with the task to be performed with all personnel involved. Securely block equipment against all hazardous motion at all times while performing work. Implement measures to ensure persons are properly positioned and protected from suspended loads.
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This is the 13th fatality reported in calendar year 2007 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2006, there were 14 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 4th Machinery in 2007. There were 3 Machinery 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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report