Fatality #5 - April 16, 2013

Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
Location: Cote Blanche Mine , Louisiana
Mine Type: Metal and Non-Metal
Mine Controller: Compass Minerals International, Inc.
Mined Material: Salt
Incident Date/Time: April 16, 2013 - 11:55pm

Public Notice

This posting serves to provide a public notice to employees of the mine, employees of the mining company(s), employees of independent contractors with any connection to the mine, persons with any connection to the mine, and any person with information regarding the cause or contributing factors of this accident. Please provide any information to Michael VanDorn, Lead Accident Investigator, at 214-767-8401.

Preliminary Report

The victim was working on top of a skip, performing maintenance with two coworkers, when a piece of salt fell and struck him. The victim was transported to a hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. A coworker was also struck.

Fatality Alert

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 16, 2013, a 58-year old shaftman with 32 years of experience was seriously injured at an underground salt mine. The victim and two coworkers were replacing a bushing on the side of a skip hoist in the production shaft. The victim was standing on a steel beam outside the handrails of a covered work platform where the coworkers were standing, when a piece of salt fell and struck him. He was transported to a hospital where he died on April 17, 2013.

Final Report


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Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health 


Underground Nonmetal Mine

Falling Material Accident
April 16, 2013