Fatality Alert - Fatality #2 - January 21, 2013

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On January 21, 2013, a 54-year old mechanic with 6 years of experience was killed at a lime operation. The victim went to a kiln pre-heat deck to repair a leaking hydraulic cylinder that activates a pusher arm on the kiln. He was caught between the corner of the angle iron and the plate connecting the push rods.

A hydraulic cylinder on a kiln at a lime operation
Best Practices: 
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed along with the methods to properly protect persons.
  • Always follow the equipment manufacturer's recommended maintenance procedures when conducting repairs to machinery.
  • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • Before working on or near equipment, ensure that the equipment power circuits are locked out/tagged out and that the equipment is blocked against hazardous motion.
  • Require all persons to be positioned to prevent them from being exposed to any hazards.
  • Monitor personnel to ensure safe work procedures, including lock out/ tag out and safe work positioning, are followed.
  • Ensure guarding is in place to cover potential pinch points and moving parts in areas routinely accessed by personnel.
Additional Information: 

This is the 2nd 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 1stMachinery fatality in 2013. There were 0 Fall of Highwall fatalities in the same period in 2012.