Fatality Alert - Fatality #1 - January 7, 2013

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 7, 2013, a 49-year old assistant plant manager with 30 years of experience was injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was working on a lift, taking samples from a highwall, when a large rock fell and struck him. He was hospitalized and died on January 19, 2013.


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Best Practices: 
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures for working near highwalls. Identify and control all hazards.
  • Train all persons to recognize adverse conditions and environmental factors that can decrease highwall stability and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • Look, Listen and Evaluate pit and highwall conditions daily, especially after each rain, freeze, or thaw.
  • Remove loose or overhanging material from the face. Correct hazardous conditions by working from a safe location.
  • Ensure that work or travel areas and equipment are a safe distance from the toe of the highwall.
Additional Information: 

This is the 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2013 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2012, there were 0 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Fall of Highwall fatality in 2013. There were 0 Fall of Highwall fatalities in the same period in 2012.