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MSHA – Mine Fatality #30

MINE FATALITY – On April 25, 2022, co-workers found a maintenance worker lying face down in a pool of water.  The maintenance worker was using a water hose to wash out fine material that had gathered under a tail pulley.

Accident scene where co-workers found a maintenance worker lying face down in a pool of water.
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Best Practices
  • Maintain workplaces in a clean and dry condition when possible.
  • Where wet processes are used, maintain drainage platforms, mats, or other dry standing places.
  • Ensure that miners have communication systems available when assigned to work alone.
  • Routinely check in on miners working alone.
  • Conduct workplace examinations before work begins in an area.
Additional Information

This is the 30th fatality reported in 2022, and the third classified as “Drowning.”


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Original article published by MSHA