Fatality #7 - July 31, 2018 - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On July 31, 2018, a 62-year old foreman with 40 years of experience, was fatally injured while dismantling a portable crusher. The front-end loader was placing a 20-foot long steel tube onto the screen feed conveyor. The front-end loader operator lowered the bucket and crushed the victim against the conveyor structure.

Fatality Accident scene
Best Practices: 
  • Front-end loader operators must ensure personnel are not near the machine when in operation.
  • Use cranes with appropriate rigging and tag lines to position components.
  • When working near equipment, make eye contact with the equipment operator and directly communicate your intended movements.
  • Wear a reflective vest or clothing while working.
  • Ensure all persons are trained to recognize workplace hazards - specifically, the limited visibility and blind areas inherent to operation of large equipment.
  • Prior to starting the task, train miners on proper maintenance procedures and discuss steps that will be taken to safely perform the job.
Additional Information: 

This is the 7th fatality reported in calendar year 2018 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2017, there were 7 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 4th Powered Haulage fatality in 2018.  There were 3 Powered Haulage fatalities during the same period in 2017.