MSHA: Skid-steer loader operator killed at Minnesota sand and gravel operation
On Aug. 9, 2011, a 24-year-old skid-steer loader operator with 12 weeks of experience was killed at 4 J’s Gravel Crushing, a construction sand and gravel operation in Minnesota, according to an Aug. 23 press release from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
The employee accessed an elevated platform near an unguarded head pulley and became entangled in the operating conveyor system, according to the MSHA report.
To prevent this type of accident in the future, MSHA is suggesting the following best practices:
- Identify hazards around conveyor systems, design guards, and securely install the guarding.
- Always provide and maintain guarding sufficient to prevent contact with moving machine parts.
- Train persons to recognize the hazards associated with performing tasks.
- Follow established lock-out and tag-out procedures before working on operating systems or moving machine parts.
- Remain aware of potential hazards in your work area and take actions to eliminate the risks.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothing when working near moving machine parts.
To view the original press release from MSHA, click here.
From our partners
MORE FROM Aggbeat Online
SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW
- PHOTOS: Reclamation photo contest entries showcase post-mining opportunities445 Views
- Loader operator dies after sand avalanche at Massachusetts sand and gravel company410 Views
- A total of 27 states have sued the Obama administration over the new EPA water rule377 Views
- The final Waters of the U.S. rule has been released to the Federal Register374 Views
- Location is key for Dolese Bros. Co.'s Davis Quarry366 Views