MSHA – Mine Fatality #19

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First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On August 23, 2022, a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.  A plastic block, used to prop open the dipper door, dislodged causing the dipper door to close and pin the victim against the back edge of the dipper.

Accident scene where a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.
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Best Practices:
  • Make sure miners are positioned in a safe location and away from potential pinch point areas.
  • Make sure miners securely block equipment against motion before beginning maintenance or repairs.
  • Assure blocking material is substantial and installed correctly to support and stabilize the load.
  • Make sure miners conduct repairs according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Additional Information:

This is the 19th fatality reported in 2022, and the eigth classified as “Machinery.”


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