Fatality Alert - Fatality #4 - April 4, 2013

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 4, 2013, a 30-year old general foreman with 6 years of experience was killed at a copper ore operation. An excavator was being used to position a 36-inch diameter by 40-foot long section of pipe to connect it to another section of pipe. The pipe, attached to the excavator by a lifting strap, shifted and fell on the victim.

A fallen section of pipe
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.
  • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and to understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards before beginning work.
  • Attach taglines to loads that may require steadying or guidance while suspended.
  • Securely block equipment against hazardous motion to ensure energy cannot be released while performing work.
  • Never work in the fall path of objects/materials of massive weights having the potential of becoming off-balanced while in a raised position.
  • Implement measures to ensure persons are properly positioned and protected from hazards while performing a task.
  • Monitor personnel routinely to determine that safe work procedures are followed.
Additional Information: 

This is the 4th fatality reported in calendar year 2013 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2012, there were 4 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 1st Falling/Sliding Material fatality in 2013. There were 0 Falling/Sliding Material fatalities in the same period in 2012.