Miner dies after falling from bulk material trailer, says MSHA

A miner died when he fell while attempting to close a hatch on the top of a bulk material trailer, says the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
Breaking, Drilling & Blasting / September 28, 2020
By Ben Spencer
MSHA issues fatality alert after miner falls from bulk material trailer (Source: MSHA)
MSHA issues fatality alert after miner falls from bulk material trailer (Source: MSHA)

The MSHA says the miner was wearing a fall protection harness but his lanyard was not attached to a secure anchorage.

This is the 15th fatality reported in 2020 and the fourth classified as ‘slip or fall of person’, the administration adds.

Best Practices:

•    Encourage the use of automated hatches on tanks and trailers.
•    Provide and ensure the use of an effective fall arrest and secure anchorage system.
•    Provide safe access to all work areas and ensure truck and trailer access and work platforms are properly designed, maintained, and used.
•    Examine work areas and equipment. Don’t use unsafe work areas and equipment until repairs are made.
•    Refresh miner training on safe work procedures after returning from periods of shutdown, and routinely monitor work habits.

 

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