The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 20, 2022, a 50-year-old miner at a Lhoist Group plant in Virginia died when the excavator he was operating underground slid over an elevated loading pad and was engulfed by lime dust.
This is the 15th fatality reported in 2022, and the fifth classified as “Machinery.”
MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:
- Conduct workplace examinations prior to beginning work and assure hazards are corrected.
- Train miners to identify and report hazards and stay clear of potentially unstable areas.