Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other

Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other

Categories

MSHA – Mine Fatality #12

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On March 22, 2022, a 44 year-old heavy equipment operator drowned after the floating pump station he was standing on capsized.  At the time of the accident, the miner was assisting a co-worker in connecting a water discharge line.

ccident scene where a 44 year-old heavy equipment operator drowned after the floating pump station he was standing on capsized.
Photo: Mine Safety and Health Administration
Best Practices:
  • Design and use floating platforms in a manner that complies with the manufacturer’s specifications and recommendations.
  • Before working on a floating platform:
  • implement safe work procedures that take into account potential hazards from rain, ice, freezing temperatures, and other environmental conditions.
  • perform adequate work place examinations, especially on floating platforms that are infrequently used.  Check parts that are subject to rust, sun damage, water damage, etc. over long periods of time.
  • Wear life jackets where there is danger from falling into water.
Additional Information:

This is the twelfth fatality reported in 2022, and the first classified as “Drowning.”


McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.