Michigan Aggregates Association

MSHA Serious Accident Alert: Miner buried to chest in hopper; MSHA offers Best Practices

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Serious Accident Alert after a miner was buried up to his chest in a hopper.

On Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017, a miner entered a feed hopper to remove bolts on the skirt board. When he heard a bull dozer that typically pushes material into the hopper approaching, the miner tried to escape through the opening at the bottom of the hopper. The bull dozer pushed material into the hopper, unaware that the miner was inside, burying him up to his chest. It took emergency services approximately two hours to extricate the miner. The accident occurred in March 2017.

Click here to view the full MSHA Serious Accident Alert.