MINE FATALITY – On December 14, 2023, a miner died while preparing to repair flanges on the feed box. In the process of lowering the chute into the maintenance position, the chute pinned the miner between the chute and the handrail.
- Block machinery components against motion before beginning maintenance or repairs and verify miners are in a safe location before moving equipment and components.
- Examine work areas during the shift for hazards that could be created while performing the work.
- When conducting a non-routine task, review safe procedures before starting work and ensure all safety components are in place.
- Do not work under suspended loads.
This is the 39th fatality reported in 2023, and the 15th classified as “Machinery.”
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Original article published by MSHA