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Safety Bulletin – April 2013

MSHA FATALGRAM METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On January 7, 2013, a 49-year old assistant plant manager with 30 years of experience was injured at a crushed stone operation. The victim was working on a lift, taking samples from a highwall, when a large rock fell and struck him. He was hospitalized and died on January 19, 2013.

Best Practices

  • • Establish and discuss safe work procedures for working near highwalls. Identify and control all hazards.
  • • Train all persons to recognize adverse conditions and environmental factors that can decrease highwall stability and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • • Look, Listen and Evaluate pit and highwall conditions daily, especially after each rain, freeze, or thaw.
  • • Remove loose or overhanging material from the face. Correct hazardous conditions by working from a safe location.
  • • Ensure that work or travel areas and equipment are a safe distance from the toe of the highwall.

“MSHA – Fatalgrams For the Metal/Nonmetal Mine Accident on January 7, 2013 – Fatality #1.”