Fatality Alert - Fatality #1 - February 1, 2014

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On February 1, 2014, a 56-year old contract belt operator with 4 months of experience was killed at an iron ore mine. The victim was cleaning a return idler inside the frame of a belt conveyor when he became entangled between the return idler and the belt.

belt conveyor at iron ore mine

Best Practices: 
  • Establish policies and procedures for conducting specific tasks on belt conveyors.
  • Before beginning any work, ensure that persons assigned to clean belt conveyors are task trained and understand the hazards associated with the work to be performed.
  • Do not perform work on a belt conveyor until the power is off, locked, and tagged, and machinery components are blocked against motion.
  • Never clean pulleys or idlers manually while belt conveyors are operating.
  • Identify hazards around belt conveyor systems, design guarding, and securely install the guarding to ensure miners do not contact moving parts.
Additional Information: 

This is the 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2014 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2013, there were 2 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the 1st Powered Haulage fatality in 2014. There were 0 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2013.