MSHA issues Fatalgram, best practices after miner is run over by dozer

Kerry Clines

October 31, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatalgram after a miner was run over by a dozer. On October 17, 2017, the miner was operating a bulldozer on a downward slope at the Fighting Creek Materials operation in Idaho. He was pushing overburden to a rock bench below the top of the pit, when he was ejected from the cab of the dozer and run over by its left track. The dozer continued over the edge of the highwall and fell 58 feet to the pit below.

Fighting Creek Materials operation in Idaho

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

  • Always wear a seatbelt when operating mobile equipment.
  • Never jump from moving mobile equipment.
  • Ensure that persons are trained, including task-training, to understand the hazards associated with the work being performed.
  • Block the dozer against motion by setting the parking brake and lowering the blade to the ground before dismounting equipment. Set the transmission lock lever to ensure the transmission is in neutral.
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and use methods to properly protect persons.
  • Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task. 


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  • Maintain control of mobile equipment while it is in motion.
  • Maintain equipment braking systems in good repair and adjustment. Do not depend on hydraulic systems to hold mobile equipment stationary.

This is the 10th fatality reported in metal/non-metal mining during calendar year 2017, and the 2nd Machinery fatality.

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