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MSHA Reports Ninth Fatality of the Year


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported the ninth fatality of 2017 in the metal/nonmetal sector. The Fall of Material incident happened at Argos USA's Roberta cement plant in Alabama.

As of this date in 2016, there were 13 fatalities reported in metal/nonmetal mining. This is the third Fall of Material fatality in 2017. There was one Fall of Material fatality in the same period in 2016.

On Sept. 20, a contractor was fatally injured while rappelling within a conditioning tower. The victim was examining the inside of a 300-ft. vertical conditioning tower when an object fell from above and struck him in the head.

The victim was conscious and transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries the next day.

MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident.

  • Remove all loose materials and other hazards before working.
  • Have fall protection and available and ready for use.
  • Check bin atmosphere for oxygen content, combustible gases and toxic contaminants.
  • Provide adequate lighting.
  • Be sure the person entering the bin is trained in safe entry and confined space procedures.
  • Have standby personnel available to observe and to assist in an emergency.