Fatality Alert - Fatality #23 - July 10, 2013

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On July 10, 2013, a 68-year old dozer operator with 23 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel mine. He was pushing material with a dozer when the machine veered to the right and traveled into a water filled pit.

dozer at  sand and gravel mine
Best Practices: 
  • Task train all persons to understand the hazards associated with the work being performed.
  • Be familiar with your work environment. Before starting to work, thoroughly inspect the area and plan the safest way to move the material and maneuver equipment.
  • Maintain control of mobile equipment while it is in motion.
  • Always wear a seat belt when operating mobile equipment.
  • Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.
Additional Information: 

This was the 22nd fatality recorded during calendar year 2013 in in metal and nonmetal mining. As of the accident date in 2012, there were 9 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This was the 3rd fatality classified as Machinery in 2013. There was one Machinery fatality in the same period in 2012.