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MSHA Final Report Issued for Fatality on December 15, 2020



April 6, 2021 - On December 15, 2020, a miner was fatally injured while changing the rear tire on a front-end loader. The victim was underneath the front-end loader when it fell.

Best Practices:

  • Securely block raised equipment to prevent movement.

  • Do not rely solely on hydraulic jacks.

  • Perform equipment maintenance requiring lifting or raising equipment on a level and solid ground.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for changing tires.

  • Establish safe operating procedures for all work.

  • Ensure all workers are trained in safe operating procedures.

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