Incident Notice 2016-12

Incident Notice 2016-12

Type: Buried / Fatality

Industry: Manufacturing, Processing and Packaging

Incident Summary:

Three workers were buried beneath ground phosphate rock while trying to dislodge large rocks over a grate that feeds a chute onto an underground conveyor. One worker was fully buried, the other two workers were able to pull free and attempts were made to free the buried worker. The buried worker succumbed to his injuries.

Safety Reminders:

  • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
  • Be familiar with safe work procedures for equipment and unloading materials.
  • Ensure the leading edge of any spoil piles are at least 1 metre away from the edge of the excavation.

Safety Resources:

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Modified: 2017-12-06
PID: 15760

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