Fatality Alert - Fatality #8 - June 2, 2013

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 2, 2013, a 42-year old miner with 2½ years of experience was killed at an underground gold mine. The victim was operating a Load Haul Dump (LHD), preparing to backfill a stope, when the LHD overtraveled the edge of the stope and fell into the open hole.

A Load Haul Dump on its side laying inside a hole where it fell
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.
  • Provide berms, bumper blocks, safety hooks or similar impeding devices at dumping locations where there is a hazard of overtravel or overturning.
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This is the 8th fatality reported in calendar year 2013 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2012, there were 8 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the 3rd Powered Haulage fatality in 2013. There were 3 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2012.