January 23, 2020 Fatality

Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
Location: Tehachapi Plant, Kern, California
Mine Type: Metal and Non-Metal
Mine Controller: Heidelberg Cement AG
Mined Material: Cement
Incident Date/Time: January 23, 2020 (All day)

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: 
Duane L. Hongisto, Lead Investigator:  
Phone: 218-720-5448 

Preliminary Report

An over the road truck driver pulled under the south side of a safety rack to open the lids on his pneumatic trailer so it could be loaded. The driver apparently fell from atop the pneumatic trailer and was found unresponsive by two other truck drivers. T The injured driver was taken to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The driver passed away on 1/26/2020.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determination regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the accident.

Fatality Alert

MINE FATALITY – An over-the-road truck driver was found unresponsive near his bulk trailer, where it appears he fell from the top of the trailer. The driver was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery; however, he passed away from his injuries.

Final Report

FAI-6825681-1

UNITED STATES

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

REPORT OF INVESTIGATION

Facility

(Cement)

Fatal Fall of Person Accident

January 23, 2020

Tehachapi Plant

Lehigh Southwest Cement

Tehachapi, Kern County, California

Mine ID No. 04-00196

Investigators