MINE FATALITY – On June 13, 2020, a dragline was found submerged in 25 feet of water where a miner had been using it to remove material from a pond. Divers attempted to locate the dragline operator, and after two days the dragline was extricated from the pond. The victim was recovered from the engine compartment behind the operator’s cab.
- Maintain control of operating mobile equipment.
- Keep all exits clear in cabs, including alternate and emergency exits, and make sure the doors open freely before beginning work.
- Retrofit older models of equipment with current automatic braking systems.
- Ensure all controls and brakes are set to the appropriate position for the task.
This is the ninth fatality reported in 2020, and the second classified as “Machinery”