Serious Accident Alert: Miner struck by sheared off piece of metal

Kerry Clines

December 18, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Serious Accident Alert after a miner at a sand and gravel operation was injured while performing maintenance work on an excavator bucket. On November 3, 2017, the miner was removing the teeth from an excavator bucket with a sledge hammer. When he struck one of the teeth, a small piece of metal sheared off the sledge hammer and struck the miner in the leg.

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

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