MSHA Fatality Alert - March 15, 2023
MSHA Fatality Alert: "On March 15, 2023, a miner drowned when the ground sloughed causing the excavator he was operating to topple into a water-filled pit. The excavator became submerged in approximately 25 feet of water.
Mine operators should:
Install berms at the edge of the working surface so machinery can operate a safe distance from the water.
Evaluate ground conditions and mining methods before operating equipment near water.
Examine work areas and equipment and correct unsafe conditions.
Task train equipment operators on the operation of machinery."