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MSHA Final Report Issued for Mine Fatality on 2/29/2020



June 24, 2020 - On February 29, 2020, a plant foreman was priming the main suction pump on a dredge when a two-inch coupling on the waterjet pipe failed, knocking the victim into the water. The victim was not wearing a life preserver.

Best Practices:

  • Wear a life preserver where there is a risk of falling into the water.
  • Identify all possible hazards and ensure appropriate controls are in place to protect miners before beginning work.
  • Provide swimming training for everyone that works around water.
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