Mine fatality: Struck by a roof fall

Mine Safety and Health Administration  
MSHA March 20, 2022 Fatalty Alert

MINE FATALITY – On March 20, 2022, a 33 year-old miner died when he was struck by a roof fall while moving a waterline outby the retreat mining section.  The intersection of the fall area was supported with five-foot fully grouted roof bolts and 10-foot cable bolts.  The roof fall was approximately 40 feet long, 18 feet wide, and five feet thick. 

Best Practices:

Conduct a visual examination of the roof, face, and ribs immediately before any work is started in an area.
Be alert to changing roof conditions, especially during retreat mining.
Train miners on how to identify hazardous roof and rib conditions.  

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Miners and mine operators can find safety and health information on MSHA.gov.  

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