Original article published by MSHA
MINE FATALITY – On February 25, 2023, a miner drowned when his excavator traveled over a berm into a sediment pond.
- When working near water, install a combination seat belt cutter and window breaker tool in the operator’s cab of equipment.
- Keep all exits clear in cabs, including alternate and emergency exits, and make sure the doors and windows open freely before beginning work.
This is the eighth fatality reported in 2023, and the first classified as “Drowning.”
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