September 24, 2013
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported that three fatal accidents have occurred within a week at metal and nonmetal mines.
A September 16, 2013, incident involved a 58-year-old miner who was killed when he was driving a haul truck that traveled through a berm and over a highwall.
A September 18, 2013, incident involved a 56-year-old miner who was killed when material in a hopper engulfed him.
A September 19, 2013, incident involved a 32-year-old miner who was killed when he was driving a truck that flipped over.
MSHA noted that “October is historically the deadliest month for miners.”
The agency added that industry professionals should “stay alert and take the necessary actions needed to stop these accidents from recurring.”
MSHA recommends the following best practices for mining:
Examine your work area
Identify all hazards, including potential hazards
Ensure miners are trained and can demonstrate the use of fall protection
Be trained to safely operate the equipment
Always wear seat belts when operating mobile equipment
Be aware of people and activities in the area
Maintain control of mobile equipment
Never work on top of material in a hopper
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