Mine Manager Dies During Equipment Maintenance
The emphasis on “being safe” while equipment is moving often appears as most important. However, this fatality—in what should have been routine machinery maintenance—underscores how important it is to secure the workspace and have safety features in place even when machinery is not in motion.
The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration report on this accident offers some best practices for this type equipment incident:
• Operators should train miners on safe maintenance procedures:
– turn off the engine
– block machinery against motion
• Operators should make sure miners are in a safe location in relation to machine parts that can move.
This is the 17th fatality reported in 2022, and the seventh classified as “machinery.”
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Content and image credit: “Fatality Alert,” from the US Department of Labor, Mine Safety & Health Administration.