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November 8, 2020 Fatality - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference

MINE FATALITY – On Nov. 8, 2020, a bulldozer operator was killed when his bulldozer backed over the edge of a highwall.

Accident scene

Best Practices

•    Install and maintain lights to illuminate working places during the night and early morning hours.

•    Install berms, signs or devices to identify the edge of working benches and to allow equipment operators to maintain control of equipment.

•    Train equipment operators to identify dangerous conditions and to keep the dozer blade between the operator and the edge when near drop-offs.

•    Develop and enforce policies requiring safety belts when operating machinery.

Additional Information

This is the 24th fatality reported in 2020, and the eighth classified as “Machinery.”