Fatality #14 - June 18, 2014

Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
Location: BREWER SAND, South Carolina
Mine Type: Metal and Non-Metal
Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
Incident Date/Time: June 18, 2014 - 12:38pm

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:

Curtis Roth, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 205-290-7294

Preliminary Report

The victim and two contract workers were attempting to remove an impeller that was seized onto the threaded shaft of a centrifugal pump. After several failed attempts to unscrew the impeller, heat from a torch was applied to the enclosed hub on the impeller. A short time later, the hub exploded and metal fragments struck the victim.

Fatality Alert

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On June 18, 2014, a 41-year-old production supervisor with 19 years of mining experience was killed at a sand and gravel mine.  The victim and two contract workers were attempting to remove an impeller that was seized onto the threaded shaft of a centrifugal pump.  After several failed attempts to unscrew the impeller, heat from a torch was applied to the enclosed hub on the impeller.  While applying heat, the hub exploded and metal fragments struck the victim. 

Final Report

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UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION

Surface Nonmetal Mine
(Sand and Gravel)

Fatal Ignition/Explosion of Gas 
June 18, 2014