MSHA Confirms Three New Fatalities

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Sept. 1, a miner at Arepet Industries, Bexar, Texas, died when he fell while attempting to close a hatch on the top of a bulk material trailer. The miner was wearing a fall protection harness but his lanyard was not attached to a secure anchorage.

This is the 15th fatality reported in 2020, and the fourth classified as “Slip or Fall of Person.”

On May 21, two miners were working at Bluff City Minerals, Madison, Ill., to hoist an electric motor from its base by anchoring a hoist to an overhead, unsecured steel pipe. The steel pipe slid out of place and struck one of the miners in the head and back. The miner died on May 23, due to complications from his injuries.

This is now classified as the 16th fatality reported in 2020, and the first fatality in 2020 classified as “Hand Tools.”

On Sept. 16, a truck driver at William Clayton’s Woodland Plant, Burlington, N.J., attempted to adjust the brakes on his tri-axle truck while the engine was running, the automatic transmission was in drive and the parking brake was not set. The truck moved forward and fatally injured the victim.

This is the 17th fatality reported in 2020, and the third classified as “Powered Haulage.”

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