The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on March 12, a miner at Dredge Chesterfield in St Louis County, Mo., was fatally injured while attempting to insert a steel pin into a spud beam.
This is the seventh fatality reported in 2021, and the first classified as “Handling Material.”
MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:
- Always assure hoisted equipment movement has stopped and the hoist operator has set the brake before working on hoisted equipment.
- Assure the hoist operator can see miners working on hoisted equipment.
- Establish an effective communication protocol, which includes confirmation of instructions, between the hoist operator and miners working on hoisted equipment.
- Position yourself in a safe location to maintain balance and protection from any energy of cantilevering tools or objects.
- Stay in a Safe Zone when working around cables and sheave wheel systems.
- Always maintain a work area that is clean and clear of debris.
- Train equipment operators in the safe performance of their tasks and potential hazards.