MSHA Reports Drowning Fatality

MSHA reported that on Feb. 25, a miner at La Havana Pit, Hidalgo, Texas, drowned when his excavator traveled over a berm into a sediment pond.

This was the eighth fatality reported in 2023, and the first classified as “Drowning.” 

MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:

  • When working near water, install a combination seat belt cutter and window breaker tool in the operator’s cab of equipment.
  • Keep all exits clear in cabs, including alternate and emergency exits, and make sure the doors and windows open freely before beginning work.

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