MSHA Alert: Bank Safety

| Published on December 23, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 1.58.59 PMThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on a December 13, 2013, fatality at a sand mine.

The incident involved a 53-year-old utility worker with 19 years of experience who was killed when a bank collapsed and engulfed him. He had been standing near the edge of the bank.

MSHA recommends the following best practices for working near banks:

  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and the methods to properly protect persons.
  • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions that can decrease bank or slope stability and ensure they understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards.
  • Evaluate all pit, highwall, slope, and bank conditions daily. Be especially vigilant for these conditions after each rain, freeze, or thaw.
  • Slope trenches back at a stable angle or install shoring when working in and around trenches.
  • Correct hazardous conditions by working from a safe location.

To view the full accident report, click here.

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