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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 7, 2013, a 49-year old assistant plant manager with 30 years of experience was injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was working on a lift, taking samples from a highwall, when a large rock fell and struck him. He was hospitalized and died on January 19, 2013.


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Best Practices

  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures for working near highwalls. Identify and control all hazards.
  • Train all persons to recognize adverse conditions and environmental factors that can decrease highwall stability and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • Look, Listen and Evaluate pit and highwall conditions daily, especially after each rain, freeze, or thaw.
  • Remove loose or overhanging material from the face. Correct hazardous conditions by working from a safe location.
  • Ensure that work or travel areas and equipment are a safe distance from the toe of the highwall.

  • 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 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2013 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2012, there were 0 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Fall of Highwall fatality in 2013. There were 0 Fall of Highwall fatalities in the same period in 2012.


    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