Fatality Alert - Fatality #4 - January 23, 2008

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 23, 2008, a 64 year-old dredge operator with 24 years experience was fatally injured at a dredge operation. While the victim was working alone, he fell into the water and drowned. 

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Best Practices: 
  • Always wear a life jacket where there is a danger of falling into the water.
  • Set up a communications schedule with other when persons work alone.
  • Ensure that a dredge has hand rails, of substantial construction and height, to prevent persons from falling overboard.
Additional Information: 

This is the 4th 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 Other fatality in 2008. There was 1 Other fatality in the same period in 2007.