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Fatality Alert - Fatality #1 - January 21, 2008

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 21, a 58 year-old contractor truck driver with 3� years experience was fatally injured at a cement operation. He was found on the ground behind the rear tires of a bulk cement truck that was located at a truck access rack. Truck drivers used this facility to access the hatches on the top of the trucks. Although there were no eyewitnesses, the victim's injuries were consistent with a fall from an elevated location. 

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Best Practices: 
  • Discuss work procedures; identify all potential hazards; and ensure the job is done safely. (SLAM ) Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage.
  • Train all miners to recognize hazards from falling and ensure that safe work procedures are discussed and established.
  • Ensure that persons wear fall protection where there is a danger of falling.
  • Establish traffic patterns that ensure safe alignment of vehicles with access equipment.
Additional Information: 

This is the 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2008 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2007, there was 1 fatality reported in these industries. This is the 1st Fall of Person fatality in 2008. There were no Fall of Person fatalities in the same period in 2007.