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MSHA Announces Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on March 12, a miner at Dredge Chesterfield in St Louis County, Mo., was fatally injured while attempting to insert a steel pin into a spud beam.

This is the seventh fatality reported in 2021, and the first classified as handling material.

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

  • Always assure hoisted equipment movement has stopped and the hoist operator has set the brake before working on hoisted equipment.
  • Assure the hoist operator can see miners working on hoisted equipment.
  • Establish an effective communication protocol, which includes confirmation of instructions, between the hoist operator and miners working on hoisted equipment.
  • Position yourself in a safe location to maintain balance and protection from any energy of cantilevering tools or objects.
  • Stay in a Safe Zone when working around cables and sheave wheel systems.
  • Always maintain a work area that is clean and clear of debris.
  • Train equipment operators in the safe performance of their tasks and potential hazards.