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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 28, 2007, a 36 year-old bolter operator with 7 years experience was fatally injured at an underground gold mine. The victim was roof bolting at the face when the left rib and back fell in covering the roof bolter.

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Best Practices
  • Design, install, and maintain a supplemental support system to control ground where additional support is necessary.
  • Train person to examine and test ground conditions where persons work or travel.
  • Promptly initiate action to install additional support when adverse ground conditions are identified.
  • 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.
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    This is the 21st fatality reported in calendar year 2007 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2006, there were 20 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 3rd Fall of Ground fatality in 2007. There were no Fall of Ground 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