METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 19, 2007, a 30 year-old underground blaster, with 4� years experience, was fatally injured at an underground gold mine. The victim was traveling in a 2 cubic-yard Load-Haul-Dump (LHD) unit along a drift above a backfilled, previously mined stope. The LHD fell through the floor of the drift in a void that had developed in the backfill. The victim was recovered on July 2, 2007.
Supervisors or other designated persons should examine underground haulageways and travelways for changing ground conditions. Design and utilize mining methods that will maintain stability and control the ground in places where persons work or travel.
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This is the 14th 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 3rd Powered Haulage fatality in 2007. There were 2 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:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report