December 19, 2011 – On December 8, a 41-year-old crusher operator with eight years of experience was killed at a surface stone operation. A set of wheels was to be placed on a conveyor to transport it from the mine. A front-end loader was being used to lift the conveyor when the loader bucket suddenly dropped, allowing the frame of the conveyor to strike one of the tire assemblies. The tire assembly then shifted, striking the victim. This is the 15th fatality this year in the Metal/Nonmetal category. MSHA recommends that operators:
- Inspect mobile equipment before placing it in operation for the shift.
- Correct safety defects on equipment in a timely manner to prevent the creation of a hazard to persons.
- Establish safe work procedures and identify and remove hazards before beginning a task.
- Ensure that persons are task-trained and understand the hazards associated with the work being performed.
- Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task.
- Monitor personnel routinely to determine that safe work procedures are followed.