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Rock slab fatally strikes distracted resources employee

Deadly rock slab
Deadly rock slab

A heavy stone killed a mine worker while fitting equipment.

A rock slab recently shifted and fatally struck a distracted resources employee.

Investigators revealed the object measured 3.7 metres long, 1.2 metres wide and 1.5 metres tall at the unidentified mine site.

“On April 11, 2023 a miner died when a rock slab … slid out of the rib from the hanging wall and crushed him. The miner was installing a bolt in the rib of a slusher stope,” they said in a safety alert.

The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration made the following recommendations:

  • be alert to changing ground conditions
  • design, install, and maintain suitable ground support where miners work or travel
  • train mine workers on how to identify hazardous ground conditions and install suitable support
  • periodically review mining methods and ground support to ensure they are suitable for conditions
  • examine and test ground conditions immediately before starting any work in an area and as conditions warrant during the shift.

Click here to read the full alert.

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