The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 17, a contract miner died at Jackson Quarry, Jackson County, Ga., when the compactor he was operating overturned, pinning him beneath the cab. As the miner was backing up, the left tire went off the edge of a 4-ft. embankment, causing the compactor to overturn.
This is the 13th fatality reported in 2022, and the fourth classified as “Machinery.”
MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:
- Wear seat belts at all times when operating equipment.
- Train miners to perform tasks safely, and to recognize potential hazards.