MSHA reports 22nd fatality of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on Sept. 28, a miner at Teichert Inc.’s Spanish Springs plant, Washoe County, Nev., died when he was engulfed in a collapsed stockpile. The miner was working close to the toe of the stockpile to remove material off the top of a surge tunnel’s feeder to clear a blockage.

This is the 22nd fatality reported in 2022, and the first classified as “Engulfment.”

MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident:

  • Operators should have procedures to safely clear blockages from feeders, and train miners to stay out of areas where there is a danger of falling or sliding material.
  • Equip feeders with mechanical clearing devices to prevent exposing miners to hazards of falling or sliding material.
  • Make sure miners trim stockpiles to prevent hazards.

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