MSHA Reports Third Fatality of 2024

MSHA reported that on March 1, a miner at Swift Creek Mine, Hamilton, Fla., died after a metal slurry pipe struck him. The miner was removing the last bolt connecting two metal slurry pipes when the pipe broke free and swung in his direction.

This is the third fatality reported in 2024, and the first classified as “Machinery”.

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

  • Prevent miners from positioning themselves in a manner that will expose them to hazards while performing a task.
  • Examine work areas before and during the shift for hazards.
  • Ensure that blocking material is competent, substantial, and adequate to stabilize the load.
  • Train miners in safe work procedures and hazard recognition. Monitor personnel routinely to ensure they follow safe work procedures.

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