MINE FATALITY – On August 18, 2023, a section foreman was installing hose for a dewatering pump. He was found unresponsive lying in approximately eight inches of water and mud. The death certificate listed the cause of death as drowning.
- Provide and maintain safe access to all working places. Remove standing water where miners work and travel.
- Ensure qualified electricians examine and maintain electrical equipment in safe operating condition; if equipment is defective, correct hazards or remove equipment from service.
- Report and correct any slip, trip, or fall hazards.
This is the 34th fatality reported in 2023, and the second classified as “Drowning.”
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Original article published by MSHA