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Fatality Alert - Fatality #4 - March 27, 2014

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY –   On March 27, 2014, a 64-year-old foreman with 32 years of experience was seriously injured when he was struck by a section of plastic water pipe as it was being moved by an excavator.  The victim was transported to a hospital where he died on March 30, 2014, as a result of his injuries. 

The pond at the site of the fatal accident
The water pipe
Best Practices: 
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and the methods to properly protect persons.
  • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and to understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards before beginning work.
  • Wear suitable hard hats where falling objects may create a hazard.
  • Stay clear of a suspended load.
  • Attach taglines to loads that may require steadying or guidance while suspended.
  • Implement measures to ensure persons are properly positioned and protected from hazards while performing a task.
  • Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.
Additional Information: 

This is the 4th fatality reported in calendar year 2014 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2013, there were 3 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 2nd Falling/Sliding Material fatality in 2014.  There were 0 Falling/Sliding Material fatalities in the same period in 2013.