MSHA Issues Final Report on January Fatality


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a final report on a Fatal Fall of Ground (Rib/Back) accident that occurred on Jan. 25, 2017, at the Linwood Mine, Linwood Mining and Minerals Corp., Davenport, Iowa.

Ronald G. Trich Jr., a haul truck driver, was fatally injured on Jan. 25, 2017, when he crossed over a berm that barricaded off the North 40 West 35 area to search for crystals, and a portion of the rib collapsed, burying him.

The accident occurred because safety protocols and training in place at the mine were not being followed. The area where the accident occurred was barricaded to indicate dangerous conditions existed in the area and access was not permitted. 

Read the full report.