METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 12, 2006, a 39-year-old plant operator, with 14 months experience, was fatally injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was starting to repair a hydraulic line on a front-end loader that was parked outside of the shop. He was underneath the raised boom, loosening a hydraulic connection, when the boom arms fell, pinning him against the frame.
Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task to identify all potential hazards before performing maintenance work. Practice safe work habits during the entire task. Consult and follow the manufacturer's recommended safe work procedures for the maintenance task. Train miners in safe work procedures before beginning repairs. Securely block equipment against all hazardous motion at all times while performing maintenance work. Never travel or work under a raised loader bucket. Never loosen hydraulic hoses or components without first determining if they may be holding something up or trapping pressure.
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This is the 14th fatality reported in calendar year 2006 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2005, there were 14 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 2nd Falling Material fatality in 2006. There were two Falling Material fatalities in the same period in 2005.
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