Protecting and Promoting Your Interests

MSHA Fatality Report

MINE FATALITY – On October 13, 2020, a miner died after being struck by a battery-powered scoop. He had parked his shuttle car in an intersection and was exiting when a scoop went through a ventilation curtain in an adjacent crosscut and struck him.

Best Practices:

Install and maintain proximity detection systems
on mobile section equipment.

Use transparent curtains for ventilation controls on working sections.

Communicate your presence and intended movements. Wait until miners acknowledge your message before moving your equipment.

STOP and SOUND an audible warning device before tramming equipment through ventilation curtains.

Avoid areas where equipment operators cannot readily see you.

Wear personal strobe light devices to increase visibility.

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