A mining contractor suffered a fatal fall from the top of unexcavated overburden.
An equipment operator recently plunged to his death from the top of a highwall at an undisclosed mine site.
Investigators revealed the individual was working near his Epiroc drilling rig when he took a wrong step on 20 June 2022. Emergency responders were unable to stabilise his condition and he passed away.
They urged employers to mandate fall protection gear, especially when there is a risk of rapid descent.
“Assure fall protection has a suitable fall arrest and a secure anchorage system,” the Department of Labor said in a safety alert.
“Train miners to properly use their personal protective equipment and to recognize potential hazards from falls, and to safely perform tasks. Provide communication systems when assigning miners to work alone.”
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