METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On September 27, 2009, a 28 year-old truck driver with 2 years of experience was fatally injured at a copper operation. He was operating a 240-ton haul truck that left the haul road and climbed a berm, causing it to overturn and land on the haul road. The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, fell from the cab of the truck.
- Always wear a seat belt when operating a haul truck or mobile equipment.
- Monitor employees regularly to ensure seat belts are worn when operating mobile equipment.
- Maintain control and stay alert when operating mobile equipment.
- Conduct pre-operational checks to identify and correct any defects that may affect the safe operation of self-propelled mobile equipment.
This is the 16th fatality reported in calendar year 2009 in the metal and nonmetal mining industries. As of this date in 2008, there were 16 fatalities reported in these industries. This is the 5th Powered Haulage fatality in 2009. There were 3 Powered Haulage fatalities in the same period in 2008.