MSHA – Mine Fatality #8

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On February 28, 2022, a contract miner died when he was crushed between the rib and a single boom face drill.  The victim was alongside the drill using the onboard tram lever controls when the accident occurred because the remote control was inoperable.

Accident scene where a contract miner died when he was crushed between the rib and a single boom face drill.
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Best Practices: 
  • Mobile equipment shall be maintained in safe operating condition.  Immediately remove mobile equipment in unsafe condition from service.
  • Always operate mobile equipment from a safe location.  Use the remote control or operate from within the operator’s compartment if available.
  • Determine the proper working position to avoid pinch points and Red Zone areas.
  • Train miners on the safety aspects and safe operating procedures of mobile equipment before use.  Review and discuss pinch points and Red Zone locations.
Additional Information:

This is the eighth fatality reported in 2022, and the third classified as “Machinery.”


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