Fatality #4 - May 9, 2018

Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
Location: Alabaster Plant, Shelby County, AL
Mine Type: Metal and Non-Metal
Mine Controller: Lhoist Group
Mined Material: Lime
Incident Date/Time: May 9, 2018 - 6:15pm

Public Notice

This posting serves to provide a public notice to employees of the mine, employees of the mining company(s), employees of independent contractors with any connection to the mine, persons with any connection to the mine, and any person with information regarding the cause or contributing factors of this accident.

Please provide any information to:

Darren Conn, Lead Accident Investigator
Phone: 606.432.0943

Preliminary Report

At approximately 6:15 p.m. on May 9, 2018, a 27-year old kiln technician with 32 weeks of experience was seriously burned while attempting to relight a rotary kiln. During the relighting, the kiln experienced a blowback and engulfed the victim in flames. The victim was airlifted to a regional burn center with serious burns. The miner passed away on May 28, 2018, due to injuries received in this accident.

Fatality Alert

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On May 9, 2018, a 27-year old kiln technician with 32 weeks of experience was burned while lighting a gas fired kiln. There was a blow back when igniting the kiln and the miner received burn injuries to his head and chest.  The miner succumbed to his injuries on May 28, 2018.

Final Report

MAI-2018-04

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION

Surface Facility

(Lime)

Fatal Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust Accident

May 9, 2018