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Caution needed near fall hazards

THE US Mine Safety and Health Administration is reminding miners to be alert near fall hazards following the death of a miner in September.

Staff Reporter
Caution needed near fall hazards

The West Virginian miner fell to his death down an airshaft at a coal mine when sanding a nearby concrete floor.

The 53-year-old had 33 years experience working in the mining industry.

While no scheduled work was being performed that day on the shaft side of a safety barrier, the man fell 350 feet and suffered fatal injuries.

MSHA reminded miners to use appropriate fall protection equipment when a fall hazard exists, identify hazards before performing work and never approach a shaft without wearing adequate protection.

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