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MSHA Mining Fatality Final Report - August 27, 2019



June 11, 2020 - A miner was splitting and sorting rock in a quarry when lightning was observed in the distance. The miner was seeking shelter when he was struck by lightning.

Best Practices:

  • Train miners to take action after hearing thunder, seeing lightning, or perceiving any other warning signs of approaching thunderstorms.
  • Use the established emergency communications system to provide miners with warnings when lightning is in the area.
  • Identify locations for substantially built safe lightning shelters.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.
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