Since 2008, six persons have died at metal and nonmetal mines in accidents involving large diameter plastic pipe. Two delivery truck drivers were killed while their flatbed trucks were being unloaded at the mine. In both cases, an unsecured section of pipe rolled from atop the truck’s load of pipe, fell and struck the driver as he stood nearby. Two pipe crew supervisors, one a contractor, died while connecting sections of pipe using excavators and lifting straps to support and position the pipes. One died when the pipe slipped out of the strap and struck him; the other was killed when the pipe sprung out of the positioning cradle and struck him. A pipe foreman and a contract laborer were killed when they were struck or crushed by the pipe while assisting excavators reposition long sections of pipe using lifting straps.
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