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Fatality #1 - January 25,2018 - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On January 25, 2018, an articulated haul truck travelled through a berm and into an ice covered pond, submerging the truck’s cab.  Rescuers utilized divers and tow trucks to pull the submerged truck from the pond and recover the victim.    

Fatality #1 - January 25,2018 - Fatality Alert
Best Practices: 
  • Do not operate heavy equipment when fatigued. The effects of fatigue include tiredness, reduced energy, and physical or mental exhaustion. These conditions become progressively worse as fatigue increases.
  • Maintain control and stay alert when operating mobile equipment. Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.
  • Conduct adequate pre-operational checks and correct any defects affecting safety in a timely manner prior to operating mobile equipment.  Maintain equipment braking and steering systems in good repair and adjustment.
  • Operate mobile equipment at speeds consistent with the conditions of roadways, tracks, grades, clearance, visibility, curves, and traffic.
  • Ensure that berms are adequate for the vehicles present on site, including but not limited to height, material, and built on firm ground.
  • Ensure that all exits from cabs on mobile equipment, including alternate and emergency exits, are maintained and operable.
  • Use seat belts when operating mobile equipment.
Additional Information: 

This is the 1st fatality reported in calendar year 2018 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2017, there was 1 fatal reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 1st Powered Haulage fatality in 2018.  There were no Powered Haulage fatalities during the same period in 2017.