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Fatality #12 - August 6, 2008

Accident Classification: Electrical
Location: Intrepid Potash East, New Mexico
Mine Type: Metal and Non-Metal
Mine Controller: Hugh E Harvey
Mined Material: Potash
Incident Date/Time: August 6, 2008 - 7:45pm

Fatality Alert

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 6, 2008, a 38 year-old shift foreman with 15 years experience was fatally injured on the surface of an underground potash mine. The victim was electrocuted when he contacted an energized steel water line. One conductor of a 480-volt electrical circuit short-circuited to an abandoned heater tape where both circuits passed through a common condulet box. The heater tape, which was attached to the water line, overheated and energized the water line to 277 volts.

Final Report

MAI-2008-12

UNITED STATES 
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION 
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION 

Underground Nonmetal Mine 
(Potash) 

Fatal Electrical Accident 
August 6, 2008