METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 7, 2007, a 54 year-old supervisor with 27 years experience was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was operating a track loader to remove excess material from an access road. The machine traveled over an embankment and landed approximately 125 feet below.
When operating machinery, wear a properly maintained and adjusted seat belt and ensure the seat and suspension are secured and adjusted. When working machinery close to an edge, always keep the bucket or blade between the operator and the edge. When working in tight areas or where drop offs exist, reduce the throttle setting, slow movement, and constantly monitor machine position. Operate equipment so that control is maintained.
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This is the 23rd 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 7th Machinery fatality 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