How to prevent deadly fall accidents

| Published on May 9, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 2.18.58 PMAn accident involving a hydraulic pump at an underground limestone mine has resulted in the death of a contract mechanic, according to an accident report released Friday by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The February 27, 2014 incident involved a 27-year-old contract mechanic with 2 years of experience who was killed when he was repairing a hydraulic pump  on a scaler and fell from an attached walkway about 5 feet to the ground. The report notes that he died the following day at a hospital.

MSHA recommends the following best practices for preventing fall accidents:

  • Ensure that persons are trained, including task-training, to understand the hazards associated with the work being performed.

  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and use methods to properly protect persons.

  • Conduct workplace examinations before beginning any work.

  • Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task.

  • Ensure effective gates, safety chains or railings are used and properly maintained where openings may exist that could pose a hazard.

The full accident investigation report is not yet available. For more information about this accident, click here.

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