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MSHA Metal/Non-Metal Fatality Final Report Issued for Fatality on 12/3/2019

Mine Safety and Health Administration

METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – A contract maintenance mechanic was performing elevator maintenance when the elevator car descended, crushing the mechanic against an elevator platform. The person died at the scene on December 3, 2019.

Best Practices:

  1. De-energize, lock out and tag out, and block machinery or equipment that can injure workers – before beginning work.
  2. Post warning signs or barricades to keep workers out of areas where health or safety hazards exist.
  3. Install an audible alarm to warn of impending equipment movement.
  4. Evaluate and correct possible hazards promptly before working.
  5. Train workers to use handrails and fall protection equipment during maintenance and construction activities.
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