February 17, 2017
The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a Fatalgram following the death of a miner in an underground limestone mine. On Jan. 25, 2017, a miner failed to exit the mine at the end of his shift. He was found buried under material that had fallen from the rib in an area of the mine that had been barricaded to prevent entry due to bad roof and rib conditions.
MSHA offers the following Best Practices to help prevent this type of accident:
30 CFR § 57.20011 Barricades and warning signs.
Areas where health or safety hazards exist that are not immediately obvious to employees shall be barricaded, or warning signs shall be posted at all approaches. Warning signs shall be readily visible, legible, and display the nature of the hazard and any protective action required.
This is the first metal/non-metal mining death reported in 2017.