1st Quarter Summary of 2013 Fatal Accidents
From January 1 to March 31, 2013, eight coal miners and three metal and nonmetal miners died in work-related accidents, for a total of eleven mining fatalities.
In the coal mining industry, two miners died in Machinery accidents. Two miners were killed in Powered Haulage accidents, and two miners died as a result of Roof Fall accidents. One miner died as a result of an Exploding Vessels Under Pressure accident, and one miner was killed in a Hoisting accident. The first six fatalities in the coal mining industry occurred in just 25 days.
In metal and nonmetal mining, one miner died as a result of a Fall of Highwall accident. One miner was killed in a Machinery accident and one miner died in an Explosives and Breaking Agents accident.
Below is information from the first quarter of 2013, along with best practices to help mining operations avoid fatalities like them, and for trainers to include in miner training.
From the Assistant Secretary's Desk Summary of 1st quarter 2013 Fatal Accidents at Metal/Nonmetal Mines and Preventative Recommendations Summary of 1st quarter 2013 Fatal Accidents at Coal Mines and Preventative Recommendations Press Release First quarter 2013 Fatality Update Letter to the Mining Community