October 22, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Man Dies in Mining Accident in County Meath, Ireland

The Irish Times reports that a 44 year old man was killed in an accident in a mine in County Meath, Ireland.

This happened on at 2:30 AM on Saturday.

This fatality occurred just a couple of hours after the NISO Safety Awards were concluded at a hotel in Trim within 30 miles of the accident site. It’s a strange thought that hundreds of safety professionals (including me) were so close, but there was no way for our knowledge to somehow prevent the pending accident.

The mine, run by Boliden – a Swedish company, produces zinc and lead.

I’m sure that everyone associated with the mine is now stunned and deeply saddened by the loss of their coworker.

Perhaps if they perform a thorough root cause analysis and develop and implement effective corrective actions, they can prevent future fatalities. However, it would be even better if they learned to be proactive in applying root cause analysis to stop accidents before they happen.

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