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MSHA Fatality Alert - September 1, 2022


September 16, 2022 - On September 1, 2022, a roof bolter was electrocuted when he contacted a metal hook that became energized after it penetrated the 480-volt cable that supplied electrical power to a roof bolting machine.

Best Practices:

  • Make sure miners use suitable, non-conductive ropes with appropriate breaking strengths when pulling or handling electrical cables.  Never attach conductive parts to the non-conductive rope, such as metallic hooks.

  • Make sure miners use proper Personal Protective Equipment when handling cables.

  • Train miners to examine the work area and identify potentially hazardous conditions.

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