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MSHA Fatalgram - 9/23/09

posted Mar 19, 2010, 5:05 AM by David Wright   [ updated Mar 22, 2010, 6:11 AM ]

On September 23, 2009, a 38 year old contractor miner/driller with 10 years of experience was fatally injured while working at a shaft construction project. The victim and four other employees were located on the top deck of a 2-deck work platform that was suspended in the shaft. He was not wearing fall protection and fell through an opening in the center of the top deck of the work platform to the bottom of the shaft 38 feet below. 

Photo of Accident Scene Described in the Paragraph Above

Best Practices
  • Always wear, and use, suitable fall protection when positioned or working where fall hazards exist.
  • Assure that fall protection systems for multiple workers allow for independent movement.
  • Establish work procedures to eliminate creating openings through which persons may fall.
  • Stop, Look, Analyze and Manage the hazards associated with each work task.