September 3, 2014 – MSHA is reporting that on August 25, 2014, a 54-year-old truck driver with one year of experience was killed at a limestone mine. The victim went to a storage building to get some wooden planks. He climbed a stack of loaded pallets to get to the planks that were near the rafters and fell approximately 8 ft. to the ground below. The next day two coworkers arrived at the mine and found the victim at approximately 6:05 a.m. This is the 18th fatality reported in calendar year 2014 in metal and nonmetal mining. As of this date in 2013, there were 10 fatalities reported in metal and nonmetal mining. This is the third Fall of Person fatality in 2014. There were no Fall of Person fatalities in the same period in 2013.
- Written by Mark Kuhar