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Fatality Alert - Fatality #6 - 07/20/2017

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METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On July 20, 2017, a miner was driving wedges into a block of granite in an attempt to break it loose.  A piece of granite weighing 9 tons fell and crushed the victim against the quarry floor.

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Best Practices: 
  • Always conduct examinations of work place to identify loose ground or unstable conditions before work begins and as changing ground conditions warrant.
  • Ensure that the person conducting the examination has the training and experience to recognize potential hazards.
  • Danger off hazardous conditions and prohibit work or travel in areas where hazards from unstable ground have not been corrected.
  • Discuss work procedures and identify all hazards associated with the work to be performed along with the methods to protect personnel
Additional Information: 

This is the 6th fatality reported in calendar year 2017 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2016, there were 9 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 2nd Fall of Material fatality in 2017.  There was one Fall of Material fatal in the same period in 2016.