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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 19, 2007, a 41 year-old mechanic with 17 years experience was fatally injured at a trona operation. The victim was operating a rubber tire mantrip when it struck a rib and overturned. Another miner riding in the vehicle was also injured.

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Best Practices
  • Conduct pre-operational checks on all self-propelled mobile equipment and ensure that any defects found are promptly corrected.
  • Conduct preventive maintenance on a scheduled basis for all self-propelled mobile equipment.
  • Ensure mobile equipment is operated in the appropriate gear at speeds consistent with grades and the conditions of the roadway.
  • 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 24th 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 6th Powered Haulage fatality in 2007. There were 7 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:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report