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MSHA – Mine Fatality #30

MINE FATALITY – On August 30, 2023, a belt foreman died when a belt conveyor take-up unit component broke and struck him.

Accident scene where a belt foreman died when a belt conveyor take-up unit component broke and struck him.
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Best Practices
  • Examine work areas for hazards found during the shift. Report hazards and defects immediately and do not work in unsafe conditions.
  • Ensure there are no obstructions in the travel path of the belt conveyor take-up system prior to tensioning.
  • Examine any belt or linkage assembly for signs of deformation such as cracking, lateral deflection or distorted connections.
  • Train miners to recognize and avoid potential hazards from sudden releases of stored energy.
Additional Information

This is the 30th fatality reported in 2023, and the sixth classified as “Powered Haulage.”


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Original article published by MSHA