MSHA – Mine Fatality #17

Original article published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On August 4, 2022, a mine manager died while performing maintenance on a bulldozer.  While kneeling on the bulldozer’s track, the victim accidentally engaged the lever that put the bulldozer in reverse.  The bulldozer track moved the victim to the rear of the bulldozer where he was run over.

Accident scene where a mine manager died while performing maintenance on a bulldozer.
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices:
  • Operators should train miners on safe maintenance procedures:
  • turn off the engine
  • block equipment against motion
  • Operators should make sure miners are in a safe location in relation to machine parts that can move.
Additional Information:

This is the 17th fatality reported in 2022, and the seventh classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #21

Original article published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On September 9, 2022, a dredge operator drowned while working in a dredge pond.

Accidemt scene where a dredge operator drowned while working in a dredge pond
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices:
  • Make sure a competent person conducts workplace examinations before miners begin work to identify conditions that may adversely affect safety.
  • Make sure miners wear life jackets or belts where there is danger of falling into water.
  • Make sure miners maintain communication when working alone.
Additional Information:

This is the 21st fatality reported in 2022, and the second classified as “Drowning.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #18

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On August 17, 2022, a general inside laborer died when he was caught between a supply car and its coupler.  The victim was sitting on the supply car which was coupled to a locomotive parked in a track spur.  The locomotive was struck by another locomotive pulling three loaded cars into the mine.  The impact knocked the victim off the supply car, killing him.

Accident scene where a general inside laborer died when he was caught between a supply car and its coupler.  The victim was sitting on the supply car which was coupled to a locomotive parked in a track spur. 
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices:
  • Assure track switches are in the proper position for your direction of travel and the latches are in contact with the rail.
  • Make sure miners are in a safe location away from equipment parked in a track spur when other equipment is passing along the main rail line.
  • Make sure miners communicate their location and intended movements with the dispatcher.  Repeat the switch alignment back to the dispatcher, where applicable.
Additional Information:

This is the 18th fatality reported in 2022, and the fourth classified as “Powered Haulage.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #20

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On September 1, 2022, a roof bolter was electrocuted when he contacted a metal hook that became energized after it penetrated the 480-volt cable that supplied electrical power to a roof bolting machine.

Accident scene where a roof bolter was electrocuted when he contacted a metal hook that became energized after it penetrated the 480-volt cable that supplied electrical power to a roof bolting machine.
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices:
  • Make sure miners use suitable, non-conductive ropes with appropriate breaking strengths when pulling or handling electrical cables.  Never attach conductive parts to the non-conductive rope, such as metallic hooks.
  • Make sure miners use proper Personal Protective Equipment when handling cables.
  • Train miners to examine the work area and identify potentially hazardous conditions.
Additional Information:

This is the 20th fatality reported in 2022, and the first classified as “Electrical.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #19

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On August 23, 2022, a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.  A plastic block, used to prop open the dipper door, dislodged causing the dipper door to close and pin the victim against the back edge of the dipper.

Accident scene where a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices:
  • Make sure miners are positioned in a safe location and away from potential pinch point areas.
  • Make sure miners securely block equipment against motion before beginning maintenance or repairs.
  • Assure blocking material is substantial and installed correctly to support and stabilize the load.
  • Make sure miners conduct repairs according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Additional Information:

This is the 19th fatality reported in 2022, and the eigth classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Fatality #16

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On July 21, 2022, a miner received fatal injuries when his right arm became entangled in an auger (screw) conveyor.

Accident scene where a miner received fatal injuries when his right arm became entangled in an auger (screw) conveyor. 
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices: 
  • Secure all conveyor covers in place during normal operation.  Keep tools, clothing, and body parts away from moving conveyors.
  • De-energize, lock out, tag out, and block machinery against hazardous motion before performing repairs or maintenance.  Never perform work on a moving conveyor.
  • Examine work areas and equipment.  Report defects to miners and assure defects are corrected and recorded.  Test emergency shut-off devices frequently.

This is the 16th fatality reported in 2022, and the sixth classified as “Machinery.”

Additional Information:

The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data only and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.


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MSHA – Fatality #14

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On June 20, 2022, a contract driller was working outside of his drill when he fell from the top of a highwall.

Accident scene where a contract driller was working outside of his drill when he fell from the top of a highwall.
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices: 
  • Wear fall protection when there is a danger of falling.  Assure fall protection has a suitable fall arrest and a secure anchorage system.
  • Train miners to properly use their personal protective equipment and to recognize potential hazards from falls and to safely perform tasks.
  • Provide communication systems when assigning miners to work alone.
Additional Information:

This is the 14th fatality reported in 2022, and the second classified as “Slip or Fall of Person.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #13

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On June 17, 2022, a contract miner died when the compactor he was operating overturned, pinning him beneath the cab.  As the miner was backing up, the left tire went off the edge of a four-foot embankment, causing the compactor to overturn.

Aciident scene where a contract miner died when the compactor he was operating overturned, pinning him beneath the cab. 
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices: 
  • Wear seat belts at all times when operating equipment.
  • Train miners to perform tasks safely, and to recognize potential hazards.
Additional Information:

This is the 13th fatality reported in 2022, and the 4th classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #6

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On January 28, 2022, while driving downhill, the 56 year-old driver of a concrete mixer truck was fatally injured after he lost control of the truck.  The truck overturned and the driver was ejected from the truck.  Another miner, who was in the truck, was also ejected and suffered serious injuries.

Accident scene while driving downhill, the 56 year-old driver of a concrete mixer truck was fatally injured after he lost control of the truck.
Photo: MSHA
Best Practices: 
  • Each shift, inspect mobile equipment before placing it into operation.  Correct defects that pose a hazard to miners.  Tag out mobile equipment that can’t be corrected.
  • Assure brakes can stop and hold mobile equipment with its typical load on the maximum grade it travels.
  • Always wear seat belts when operating mobile equipment.
  • Maintain control of mobile equipment and drive at safe speeds.
Additional Information:

This is the sixth fatality reported in 2022, and the second classified as “Powered Haulage.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #7

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On February 14, 2022, a 34 year-old maintenance technician died while driving a lube truck underground.  The truck over traveled the edge of a stope and fell approximately 60 feet into the stope drift.

Accident scene where a 34 year-old maintenance technician died while driving a lube truck underground.
Photo: MSHA
Best Practices:
  • Provide berms, bumper blocks, safety hooks, or similar impeding devices at dumping locations where there is a hazard of over travel.
  • Examine working places before work begins for conditions that may adversely affect safety and health
Additional Information:

This is the seventh fatality reported in 2022, and the third classified as “Powered Haulage.”


McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.