A contractor was fatally injured while rappelling within a conditioning tower. The victim was examining the inside of a 300' vertical conditioning tower when an object fell from above and struck him in the head. The victim was conscious and transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries the next day. The accident occurred because the mine operator and the contractor company did not provide oversight to ensure all parties utilized proper and safe work procedures for inspecting and working in the duct. In addition, the contractor company did not conduct adequate workplace examinations to identify hazards so appropriate corrective actions could be taken.
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