MSHA issues Fatalgram after miner killed by falling material

Kerry Clines

October 4, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatalgram following a Fall of Material accident at an Argos USA LLC cement plant. On September 20, 2017, a contractor was fatally injured while rappelling within a conditioning tower at the Argos Roberta Plant in Alabama. The victim was examining the inside of a 300-foot vertical conditioning tower when an object fell from above and struck him in the head. The victim was conscious when he was transported to a local hospital, but died of his injuries the next day.


Argos USA LLC cement plant

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

  • Remove all loose materials and other hazards before working.
  • Have fall protection available and ready for use.
  • Check bin atmosphere for oxygen content, combustible gases, and toxic contaminants.
  • Provide adequate lighting.
  • Be sure the person entering the bin is trained in safe entry and confined space procedures.
  • Have standby personnel available to observe and to assist in an emergency.

This is the 9th metal/non-metal mining fatality reported in calendar year 2017 and the 3rd Fall of Material fatality.


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