Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other

Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other

MSHA – Mine Fatality #39

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.

Accident scene where a miner died while preparing to repair flanges on the feed box.
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Best Practices
  • 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.
Additional Information

This is the 39th fatality reported in 2023, and the 15th classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #40

MINE FATALITY – On December 14, 2023, a contractor died while delivering parts to the mine when an all-terrain telehandler pulling cable, tipped over, striking him.

Accident scene where a contractor died while delivering parts to the mine when an all-terrain telehandler pulling cable, tipped over, striking him.
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Best Practices
  • Do not exceed the load radius and load limits of lifting equipment.
  • Ensure miners position themselves in a safe manner while working around equipment.
  • Barricade and sign affected areas in case equipment or loads fail or tip.
  • Ensure visitors entering the mine receive site specific hazard awareness training.
  • Maintain good communication between co-workers.
Additional Information

This is the 40th fatality reported in 2023, and the 16th classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #38

MINE FATALITY – On November 17, 2023, a miner died when the leg of a rock saw stand that he was assisting to unload, shifted and struck him.

Accident scene where a miner died when the leg of a rock saw stand that he was assisting to unload, shifted and struck him.
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Best Practices
  • Review safe procedures with all miners involved prior to conducting a non-routine task.
  • Use proper rigging and lifting procedures when moving machine parts.
  • Load and unload materials on smooth, level surfaces to ensure the material does not shift or fall over.
  • Ensure miners are positioned in a safe location and away from potential hazards when moving or positioning equipment.
Additional Information

This is the 38th fatality reported in 2023, and the first classified as “Handling Material.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #36

MINE FATALITY – On November 13, 2023, a rotating drill steel of a roof bolting machine entangled a miner, causing fatal injuries.

Accident scene where a rotating drill steel of a roof bolting machine entangled a miner, causing fatal injuries.
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Best Practices
  • Always follow manufacturer recommendations when conducting maintenance on equipment, including:
    • Turn off or de-energize the machine.
    • Secure the equipment against hazardous motion.
  • Never touch or hold the drill steel, wrench, or bolt while it is rotating.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting or bulky clothing when working around any machinery with rotating parts.
Additional Information

This is the 36th fatality reported in 2023, and the 14th classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #22

MINE FATALITY – On June 8, 2023, a miner died after climbing over the handrail onto a conveyor belt to gain access to a magnet belt that needed adjustment. When the miner stepped onto the magnet belt, the belt started, throwing the miner 16 feet to the ground below.

Accident Scene where a miner died after climbing over the handrail onto a conveyor belt to gain access to a magnet belt that needed adjustment.
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Best Practices
  • De-energize, lock-out, tag-out, and block machinery against motion before performing repairs or maintenance on a belt conveyor.
  • Install a system which provides visible or audible warning to warn miners that the conveyor will be started.
  • Provide and maintain safe access to all workplaces and establish safe work procedures.
  • Use fall protection when a fall hazard exists. Ensure fall protection has a suitable fall arrest and secure anchorage system, and that miners are properly trained.
Additional Information

This is the 22nd fatality reported in 2023, and the second classified as “Slip or Fall of Person.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #34

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.

Accident scene where a section foreman was installing hose for a dewatering pump. 
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Best Practices
  • 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.
Additional Information

This is the 34th fatality reported in 2023, and the second classified as “Drowning.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #31

MINE FATALITY – On September 8, 2023, a miner died after entering a hopper to clear an obstruction.  A front-end loader dumped two loads of crushed limestone into the hopper with the miner inside.

Accident scene where a miner died after entering a hopper to clear an obstruction.
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Best Practices
  • Install barricades to prevent mobile equipment access to bins and hoppers when miners are working in them.
  • Establish and train miners on procedures for safely clearing bins and hoppers.
  • Lock-out and tag-out the supply and discharge equipment before entering bins and hoppers.
  • Wear a safety belt or harness equipped with a lifeline in a confined space.
  • Equip bins and hoppers with vibrating shakers or air cannons to prevent material blockages.
Additional Information

This is the 31st fatality reported in 2023, and the seventh classified as “Powered Haulage.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #35

MINE FATALITY – On October 2, 2023, a miner died after he was pinned between a shuttle car and a coal rib.

Accident scene where a miner died after he was pinned between a shuttle car and a coal rib.
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Best Practices
  • When working around mobile equipment, communicate your presence and intended movements to equipment operators. Wait for acknowledgement before moving.
  • Avoid “Red Zone” areas where equipment operators cannot readily see you.
  • Increase the visibility of miners by using reflective clothing and/or strobe light devices.
Additional Information

This is the 35th fatality reported in 2023, and the tenth classified as “Powered Haulage.”


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Water Related – Safety Alert

Water-Related Fatalities on the Rise

5 water-related fatalities since 2022
Hazards of Working Around, Over, or Near Water 

HAZARDS – undercut banks, sloughing ground, varied water depth, swift currents, inadequate berms, narrow roadways
POTENTIAL DANGER – Entrapment, Entanglement, Drowning,

Electrocution RISKS – Traveling, operating mining equipment, around, over, or near water

Best Practices
  • Conduct daily workplace examinations.
  • Know the water depth and subsurface conditions and ground conditions before you begin work.
  • Keep equipment a safe distance back from the water’s edge.
  • Provide handrails around docks and work boats.
  • Properly berm roadways near water hazards.
  • Provide and ensure workers wear a Coast Guard approved Type I or Type V personal flotation device (PFD) when working around water.
  • Keep water rescue equipment easily accessible.
  • Practice good housekeeping and keep all travel ways clear around water hazards.
  • Post warning signs near water hazards.


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Three Bulldozer Fatal Accident – Safety Alert

Three bulldozer related fatalities

A bulldozer operator was fatally injured when the bulldozer he was operating rolled down a 375 feet embankment. A second bulldozer operator was fatally injured when the bulldozer he was operating rolled down a 300 feet embankment. A third bulldozer operator was fatally injured when the bulldozer backed over the edge of a highwall. In all three accidents the operator was not wearing a seatbelt.

In all three accidents the operator was not wearing a seatbelt.
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Best Practices
  • Conduct workplace examinations prior to beginning work.
  • Maintain control and stay alert when operating mobile equipment.
  • Wear seat belts when operating equipment.
  • Train Miners to perform task safely and to recognize potential hazards.

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