Original article published by MSHA
MINE FATALITY – On January 4, 2023, a miner was fatally injured while performing maintenance inside a jaw crusher. The pitman assembly (moving jaw) rotated, pinning the miner against the crusher housing.
- block machinery components against motion before beginning maintenance or repairs;
- position miners in a safe location and away from potential pinch point areas;
- conduct repairs according to manufacturer’s recommendations; and
- develop procedures for working safely in confined spaces.
This is the first fatality reported in 2023, and the first classified as “Machinery.”
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