Fatality Alert - Fatality #7 - May 17, 2013

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On May 17, 2013, a 22-year old mucker with 31 weeks of experience was killed at an underground molybdenum mine. The victim was checking a derailed loaded ore car when he was pinned between it and another loaded ore car.

Two ore cars, one derailed, another was the cause of the accident
Best Practices: 
  • Establish policies and procedures for conducting specific tasks.
  • Before beginning any work, ensure that persons are properly task trained and understand the hazards associated with the work to be performed.
  • Maintain communications with all persons performing the task.
  • Conduct adequate pre-operational checks and ensure that all braking systems on mobile equipment are functioning properly.
  • Do not work or cross between rail cars unless the locomotive is stopped and the operator is notified and acknowledges your presence.
  • Never place yourself between rail cars without blocking them to prevent movement.
  • Maintain the track and track mounted equipment to prevent derails.
Additional Information: 

This is the 7th fatality reported in calendar year 2013 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2012, there were 6 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the 2nd Powered Haulage fatality in 2013. There were 2 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2012.