The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on July 21, a miner at Giant Cement Co., Dorchester County, S.C., received fatal injuries when his right arm became entangled in an auger (screw) conveyor.
This is the 16th fatality reported in 2022, and the sixth classified as “Machinery.”
MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:
- Secure all conveyor covers in place during normal operation. Keep tools, clothing, and body parts away from moving conveyors.
- De-energize, lock out, tag out, and block machinery against hazardous motion before performing repairs or maintenance. Never perform work on a moving conveyor.
- Examine work areas and equipment. Report defects to miners and assure defects are corrected and recorded. Test emergency shut-off devices frequently.