Fatality #27 - June 14, 2014

Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Chalk Hills Quarry, Utah
Mine Type: Metal and Non-Metal
Mine Controller: Karen Palmer
Mined Material: Gypsum
Incident Date/Time: June 14, 2014 - 2:15pm
Chargeback Explanation:

(Victim died July 28, 2014)

On June 14, 2014, Kevin Lee Ames, a 35-year-old laborer, was using a propane torch to shrink-wrap pelletized gypsum when he received serious burns on 35% of his body. He was subsequently discovered by a co-worker and transported to a hospital. He died on July 28, 2014. The death certificate indicated that the cause of death was mucormycosis (fungal infection) due to burns, and that the manner of death was an accident. An autopsy was not performed. Based on the findings of the death certificate and the MSHA investigation, the Fatality Review Committee determined that the death should be charged to the mining industry.

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:

Dwayne Humphries, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 303-231-5465

Preliminary Report

On June 14, 2014, Kevin Lee Ames, a 35-year-old laborer, was using a propane torch to shrink-wrap pelletized gypsum when he received serious burns on 35% of his body. He was subsequently discovered by a co-worker and transported to a hospital. He died on July 28, 2014. The death certificate indicated that the cause of death was mucormycosis (fungal infection) due to burns, and that the manner of death was an accident. An autopsy was not performed.

Final Report

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

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

 

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
     
Surface Nonmetal Mine
(Gypsum)

Fatal Fall of Person Accident
June 14, 2014