METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – A miner was operating a front-end loader when the front-end loader’s bucket contacted the ground, causing an abrupt stop that propelled the miner—who was not wearing a seat belt—into the windshield. He was transported to the hospital with head trauma injuries and developed complicationswhile undergoing treatment. He died on January 8, 2020.
1. Always wear seat belts when operating mobile equipment.
2. Maintain control and stay alert when operating mobile equipment.
3. Know the hazards. Be certain anyone operating front-end loaders is aware of safe operating practices and potential hazards.
This is the 25th fatality reported in 2019, and the seventh fatality classified as “Powered Haulage.”