MSHA issues Fatalgram: Miner pinned by vehicle; best practices offered for training

Kerry Clines

May 1, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatalgram after a miner was pinned between his own truck and a genset. On Friday, March 24, 2017, a miner at Bonito Pit, a sand and gravel operation in New Mexico, exited his personal flatbed truck to turn off a genset (diesel generator), but left his truck running in 6th gear. It appears that, before the miner ascended the steps to the diesel generator, the flatbed truck moved forward and pinned him against the genset trailer. The victim was not found until Monday, March 27, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

MSHA offers the following Best Practices to help prevent this type of accident:

This is the third fatality reported in calendar year 2017 in the metal/non-metal mining industry, and is the first Machinery fatality.

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