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MSHA – Mine Fatality #3

Original article published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On January 23, 2023, a utility management miner died, and another miner was seriously injured, while removing unused waterline pipe suspended from a mine roof.  The two miners were using hand tools to remove a pipe fitting when the waterline pipe suddenly came apart, striking the victim.

Accident scene where a utility management miner died, and another miner was seriously injured, while removing unused waterline pipe suspended from a mine roof.
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Best Practices

Operators should:

  • Release stored energy and pressure from pipes (block and bleed) before breaking a pipe connection.
  • Lock out, tag out, and block equipment from movement before performing maintenance or repairs.
  • Train miners in the safe performance of their tasks.
Additional Information

This is the third fatality reported in 2023, and the second classified as “Machinery”.


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