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MSHA Fatality #17


The president of a dimensional stone operation died in a site accident that also serves as a safety lesson for workers at aggregates operations. According to MSHA, Ralph Wheeler, president of Wheeler Rock Quarry, Lansing, Kan., was struck by a haul truck. Wheeler had dismounted the dozer he was operating and walked in front of the haul truck. The accident occurred because the victim approached the haul truck and did not notify the operator of his presence. Wheeler was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was blunt force trauma. Wheeler had 20 years, 9 weeks and 4 days of experience at this operation, but had not received training in accordance with 30 CFR Part 46. MSHA reports that this was the 17th metal/nonmetal fatality of the year.