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Fatality Alert - Fatality #3 - January 21, 2015

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On January 21, 2015, a 54-year old miner (ground support) with 4 years of experience was killed at an underground lead mine.  The victim was operating a mechanical scaler in an intersection when a roof fall (55 feet long x 20 feet wide x 6 feet thick) occurred, covering the machine. 

A mechanical scaler partially covered by debris from a mine roof fall.
Best Practices: 
  • Establish safe work procedures that ensure a safe work location for miners conducting scaling operations, and train all miners to recognize and understand these procedures.
  • 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 miners.
  • Always examine and test areas for loose ground before starting to work, after blasting, and as ground conditions warrant.
  • Identify and scale loose material from a safe position which will not expose miners to falling material.  
  • Test for loose material frequently during work activities.  Be alert to any change of ground conditions.
  • Install ground support in roof and ribs where conditions warrant.
  • Use equipment with a reach that reduces the possibility of the equipment being struck by falling material. 
Additional Information: 

This is the 3rd 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 Fall of Roof fatality in 2015.  There were 0 Fall of Roof fatalities in the same period in 2014.