MINE FATALITY – On September 1, 2022, a roof bolter was electrocuted when he contacted a metal hook that became energized after it penetrated the 480-volt cable that supplied electrical power to a roof bolting machine.
- Make sure miners use suitable, non-conductive ropes when pulling or handling electrical cables.
- Never attach conductive parts, such as metallic hooks, to the portions of non-conductive ropes that contact electrical cables.
- Make sure miners use proper Personal Protective Equipment when handling cables, such as insulated gloves.
This is the 20th fatality reported in 2022, and the first classified as “Electrical.”