Fatality Alert - Fatality #5 - April 16, 2013

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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.

A metal walkway in an underground salt mine
Best Practices: 
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed in a shaft 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, such as falling material, before beginning work.
  • Examine the shaft and remove loose material prior to commencing work.
  • Implement measures to ensure persons are properly positioned and protected from falling material while performing shaft maintenance work.
  • Perform shaft maintenance work from a substantial platform with adequate overhead protection.
  • Perform maintenance work for skip hoists and other conveyances on the surface whenever possible.
  • Monitor personnel routinely to determine that safe work procedures are followed.
Additional Information: 

This is the 5th fatality reported in calendar year 2013 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2012, there were 5 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 2nd Falling/Sliding Material fatality in 2013. There were 1 Falling/Sliding Material fatalities in the same period in 2012.