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August 23, 2022 Fatality - Fatality Alert

Accident Report: Fatality Reference: 

MINE FATALITY – On August 23, 2022, a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.  A plastic block, used to prop open the dipper door, dislodged causing the dipper door to close and pin the victim against the back edge of the dipper.

Accident scene where a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.
Best Practices: 
  • Make sure miners are positioned in a safe location and away from potential pinch point areas.
  • Make sure miners securely block equipment against motion before beginning maintenance or repairs. 
  • Assure blocking material is substantial and installed correctly to support and stabilize the load.
  • Make sure miners conduct repairs according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Additional Information: 

This is the 19th fatality reported in 2022, and the eigth classified as “Machinery.”