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MSHA Final Report Issued for Fatality on 11/23/2020



November 9, 2021 - On November 23, 2020, a miner was electrocuted while troubleshooting a disconnect box for the classifier drive motor. The victim had the electrical disconnect box open, and the main power supply was not de-energized.

Best Practices

  • Ensure electrical circuit components are properly designed and installed by qualified electrical personnel.

  • Ensure electrical troubleshooting and work are performed by people with proper electrical qualifications. Positively identify the circuit on which work will be conducted.

  • Before performing electrical work, locate the visual disconnect away from an enclosure and open it, lock it, and tag it, to ensure all electrical components in the enclosure are de-energized. Verify by testing for voltage using properly rated test equipment.

  • Wear properly rated and well maintained personal protective equipment, including arc flash protection, such as a hood, gloves, shirt, and pants.

  • Train miners on safe work practices for electrical equipment and circuits.

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