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.
MSHA offers the following Best Practices to help prevent this type of accident:
This is the 9th metal/non-metal mining fatality reported in calendar year 2017 and the 3rd Fall of Material fatality.