Miner fatally injured after falling down a shaft to cement floor, says MSHA

A 20-year-old miner was fatally injured when he fell 40 feet down a shaft to the cement floor, says the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The victim was working with another miner, unloading a refuse kettle attached to an electric hoist, when he went over the unguarded edge of the shaft.

Best Practices: 

  • Always use fall protection equipment and safety belts with lines, when working at heights and near openings where there is a danger of falling.
  • Have properly designed gates, safety chains, handrails, guards, and ensure covers are securely in place at openings through which persons may fall.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and any hazards that may be present.
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures.
  • Train personnel in safe work procedures regarding the use of handrails and fall protection equipment, and ensure their use.
  • Conduct workplace examinations in order to identify and correct hazards prior to performing work. Report hazards that you cannot immediately correct to management.



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