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Fatality Alert - Fatality #6 - March 23, 2015

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On March 23, 2015, a 48-year old mine operator with 20 years of experience was killed at a dimension stone operation.  The victim was operating a walk-behind masonry saw, positioned between the saw and a ledge, when he tripped and fell.  The victim and the saw went over the 4½-foot ledge, resulting in the saw falling on him.


 walk-behind masonry saw
Best Practices: 
  • Identify all hazards and use appropriate controls to protect miners prior to conducting any work.
  • Ensure that operators are in a safe position and have control of their equipment at all times.
  • Keep workplaces free of tripping hazards.
  • Use barricades or railings at edges of drop-offs where persons are in danger of falling.
  • Equip walk behind masonry saws with automatic shut off devices to stop the engine if the operator cannot maintain control of the equipment.
  • Design bench top stone cutting patterns to ensure the saw operator is not positioned between the saw and the drop off edge.
Additional Information: 

This is the 6th fatality reported in calendar year 2015 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2014, there were 4 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 2nd Machinery fatality in 2015.  There were no Machinery fatalities in the same period in 2014.