April 10, 2014
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the preliminary report on a March 27, 2014 fatality at a sand and gravel operation.
The incident involved a 64-year-old foreman with 32 years of experience who was killed after he was struck by a section of plastic water pipe that was being moved by an excavator. The victim died at a hospital on March 30 as a result of his injuries.
MSHA recommends these seven best practices for working near items being lifted or transported:
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 and to understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards before beginning work.
Wear suitable hard hats where falling objects may create a hazard.
Stay clear of a suspended load.
Attach taglines to loads that may require steadying or guidance while suspended.
Implement measures to ensure persons are properly positioned and protected from hazards while performing a task.
Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.
The full accident investigation report is not yet available. For more information about this accident, click here.