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Fatality #7 - April 24, 2008

Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
Location: Pattison Sand Company LLC, Iowa
Mine Controller: Lloyd B Pattison
Mine Type: Underground
Mined Material: Sand, Industrial NEC
Incident Date/Time: April 24, 2008 08:00 am

Rebecca A. Dysart, laborer, age 48, was fatally injured on April 24, 2008. Dysart was struck by a front-end loader that backed up. 

The accident occurred because management policies and procedures failed to ensure that persons could safely work in areas where mobile equipment operated and failed to ensure that safety defects were corrected in a timely manner. The right rear-view mirror on the front-end loader was broken along the top portion and the mounting bracket was bent. 

The victim's cap lamp was not positioned on her hard hat and no reflective material was on the hard hat. Reflective material on the victim's equipment belt was obscured by the cap lamp battery, self-rescuer, and possibly by the black coat she was wearing. 


METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 24, 2008, a 48 year-old laborer with 32 weeks experience was fatally injured at an underground industrial sand mine. The victim was checking the roof and ribs for scaling when she was struck by a front-end loader as it backed up.