Fatality #9 - August 22, 2018 - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On August 22, 2018, a 29-year old miner with 1 year of experience was fatally injured while cleaning a snub pulley.  The victim was working from an aerial lift located under the belt conveyor when he became entangled in the conveyor pulley.

Fatality #9 - August 22, 2018 - Fatality Alert
Best Practices: 
  • Ensure that persons assigned to clean conveyor belts have received adequate training and verify that safe belt conveyor work practices are followed.
  • Stay clear of moving equipment and do not reach into any part of a moving conveyor.
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing when working around moving conveyor belt components.
  • Verify that all incoming power connectors are open by a circuit breaker, the conveyor is stopped and secured from movement before working on belt conveyors. 
  • Provide and maintain safe access to elevated areas where routine maintenance is performed.
Additional Information: 

This is the 9th fatality reported in calendar year 2018 in metal and nonmetal mining.  As of this date in 2018, there were 7 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining.  This is the 6th Powered Haulage fatality in 2018.  There were 3 Powered Haulage fatalities during the same period in 2017. MSHA has made the prevention of powered haulage accidents a priority. Please see more information at www.msha.gov/poweredhaulage