METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On June 15, 2018, a miner fell from a man basket when the weldment securing the basket to the shovel failed. The miner died of his injuries on June 27, 2019.
- Check for damage. Routinely examine metal structures for signs of weakness (corrosion, fatigue cracks, bent/buckling beams, braces or columns, damaged/loose/missing connectors, broken welds, etc.).
- Replace cracked equipment fast. Small cracks in equipment can quickly grow into a complete fracture. Take cracked mechanical components out of service immediately.
- Know the limits. Consult with the manufacturer to determine the service/fatigue life of mechanical systems or parts.
This is the 17th fatality reported in 2018 in metal and nonmetal mining, and the first fatality classified as “hoisting.”