July 30, 2014
Several days ago Aggregates Manager reported the death of Kyle Martin at Murray Mines in South Carolina. Below we have updated the story with more information on the victim and the accident.
28-year-old Kyle Martin, assistant plant manager at Murray Mines, was killed after being electrocuted. The victim, who had 11 years of mining experience, was riding in an aluminum boat that became stuck in low water on top of 480 volt energized power conductors.
When attempting to pull slack on the power conductors, he fell into the water after being electrocuted.
Co-workers pulled him from the water and tried to perform CPR. Paramedics had to use a volunteer firefighter’s 4×4 pickup truck because the ambulance was unable to get to the area.
When paramedics arrived, resuscitative efforts continued while the victim was driven to the ambulance, and during the 24-minute drive to the nearest hospital. He did not survive.
In response to the tragedy, MSHA has released the following safety practices: