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Fatality Alert - Fatality #2 - January 25, 2008

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 25, 2008, a 36 year-old mechanic with 1� years experience was fatally injured at a lime operation. The victim was shoveling spillage at the bottom of a bucket elevator while coworkers performed maintenance at the top of the bucket elevator. A 38-inch pry bar fell from the platform around the top of the bucket elevator and struck him.

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Best Practices: 
  • Review maintenance procedures to ensure all possible hazards have been identified and appropriate controls are in place to protect persons. Stop, Look, Analyze, and Manage (SLAM) each task.
  • Establish policies to ensure that barricades or warning signs are installed to prohibit access and protect persons from falling object hazards.
  • Ensure that persons are removed when work is being performed overhead.
  • Keep workplaces clean and free of spillage.
Additional Information: 

This is the 2nd fatality reported in calendar year 2008 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2007, there were 2 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Handling material fatality in 2008. There were no handling Material fatalities in the same period in 2007.