MSHA – Mine Fatality #33

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MINE FATALITY – On December 3, 2021, a miner was fatally injured when he became entangled in the return idler on the belt conveyor under a portable crusher plant.

Accident scene where a miner was fatally injured when he became entangled in the return idler on the belt conveyor under a portable crusher plant. 
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Best Practices: 
  • Before performing maintenance and repair work near belt conveyors:
    • Remove power from the belt drive.
    • Securely block equipment against hazardous motion in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Guard moving machine parts to protect miners from contacting moving parts.
  • Provide and maintain a safe means of access to all working places.
  • Conduct thorough examinations of equipment. Report defects and do not work in unsafe conditions.
  • Train miners to assess risks and control hazards before beginning work on belt conveyors.
Additional Information:

This is the 33rd fatality reported in 2021, and the 16th classified as “Powered Haulage.”


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