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Fatality #16 - December 15, 2015

Accident Classification: Machinery
Location: Davenport Plant, Iowa
Mine Controller: Lafarge S A
Mine Type: Facility
Mined Material: Cement
Incident Date/Time: December 15, 2015 02:54 pm

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:

Thaddeus J. Sichmeller, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 218.720.5448


A wrecker service was contacted by a vacuum truck manufacturer for towing the vehicle off the mine site for repair. As one wrecker worker was lowering the boom with a remote control, the boom suddenly dropped, striking the wrecking service laborer. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died.


METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On December 15, 2015, a 75-year old tow truck laborer was killed at a cement plant.  As the tow truck operator was lowering the truck’s boom it struck the victim. The victim suffered a severe head wound but was conscious when transported to a local hospital but later died of his injuries.