MSHA reported that on Aug. 21, a crusher lid that was being moved into place at Portable Crusher #2, Pueblo, Colo., struck a miner when the rigging broke. The miner died from his injuries on Aug. 23.
This is the 28th fatality reported in 2023, and the 12th classified as “Machinery.”
MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:
- Do not work under suspended loads.
- Use properly rated lifting equipment and ensure that the load is well secured.
- Attach tag lines to suspended loads to steady or guide the load.
- Communicate lift plans to all persons working in the lift zone. Follow manufacturer’s recommended work procedures.