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Fatality Alert - Fatality #1 - January 8, 2015

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On January 8, 2015, a 63-year old sales manager with 11 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel mine.  He was installing new screen panels in the B tower screen.  The feeder box pivoted, pinning him between the box and the rear support beam of the screen deck

The support beam where the victim was pinned
Best Practices: 
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed along with the methods to properly protect persons.
  • Always follow the equipment manufacturer's recommended maintenance procedures when conducting repairs to machinery.
  • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • Securely block equipment and components against hazardous motion at all times while performing work.
  • Ensure that blocking material is competent, substantial, and adequate to support the load.
  • Require all persons to be positioned to prevent them from being exposed to any hazards.  Do not work in pinch points where inadvertent movement could cause injury.
  • Monitor all persons to ensure safe work procedures, including safe work positioning, are followed.
Additional Information: 

This is the 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2015 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2014, there were 0 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 1st Falling Material fatality in 2015.  There were 0 Falling Material fatalities in the same period in 2014.