October 9, 2020 Fatality
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:
Dannie Lewis, Lead Investigator:
A contractor changed the nozzle on a hydro-seeder and then accidentally engaged the hydro-seeder’s clutch while the nozzle was pointing towards him. The material being forced through the nozzle struck the victim. This caused the victim to fall backwards striking his neck on the hydro-seeder handrail.
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.
MINE FATALITY – On October 9, 2020, a contractor was changing the nozzle on a hydroseeder and accidentally engaged the hydroseeder’s clutch while the nozzle was pointing towards him. The material sprayed from the nozzle struck him, causing him to fall backward and strike his neck on the hydroseeder handrail.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
Fatal Machinery Accident
October 9, 2020
Puckett Creek Hydroseeding (C1419)