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MSHA Serious Accident Alert

Surface - Gold – On 10/22/2018, a contract employee fell 20 feet during the installation of a building roof at the mine. The employee landed on a concrete floor and was seriously injured. Investigators found the cable in the self-retracting device (SRD) the employee was using had broken near the load-end clip. The investigation determined that the SRD was used incorrectly. The device is designed to be used overhead with 0 degrees of swing fall, as stated on the label. However, at the time of the accident, the SRD was anchored so that there was 90 degrees of swing fall.

• Use fall protection devices in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
• Ensure that a safe means of access to a working place is provided. Train miners on how to safely access all work areas.
• Inspect fall protection devices according to the manufacturer’s recommendations prior to each use, and replace when defects or wear is evident.
• Protect openings near travel ways and work areas through which persons may fall by installing appropriately designed railings, barriers, or covers.
• Always use the right tools for the task being performed.