Operating Equipment Near Water – Safety Alert

Safety Alert 

Operating Equipment Near Water 

From 2010 through 2023, there were 19 drowning accidents. Eleven of these fatal accidents occurred when mobile equipment, operating near water, became submerged. When working near water mine operators should:

  • Conduct workplace examinations and eliminate hazardous conditions.
  • Keep mobile equipment a safe distance from the water’s edge.
  • Ensure miners wear a seatbelt when operating mobile equipment.

Emergency underwater breathing devices are commercially available, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. If made available and miners are properly trained, these devices can potentially increase miners’ chances of survival if they fall into water.

 

Eleven of these fatal accidents occurred when mobile equipment, operating near water, became submerged.
Best Practices
  • Provide emergency underwater breathing devices to miners with risk of falling into water.
  • Train miners in the use of underwater breathing devices in case of an emergency.
  • Keep water rescue equipment easily accessible.
  • To assist miners in exiting a submerged cab, develop an underwater emergency egress kit which may include a nose clip, mask, underwater breathing device, PFD, and glass breaking device.
  • Provide and ensure miners wear a Coast Guard approved Type I or Type V personal flotation device (PFD).

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Rotating Conveyor Rollers – Safety Alert

Danger – Rotating Conveyor Rollers!

Three miners have been permanently disabled since the beginning of 2024

Serious and fatal injuries occur when miners clean or adjust conveyor rollers, pulleys and idlers while the belt is in motion.  Injuries vary from broken bones to loss of fingers, hands, and arms. Some accidents have resulted in fatal injuries.  Injuries result from unsafe actions like:

  • Using aerial lifts to access elevated bend, snub, and take-up pulleys, or removing or reaching around guards to work on moving conveyor components.
  • Using scrapers, shovels, pry bars, hammers and torches to remove ice, mud or buildup.  The tools can be caught in pinch points between the conveyor belt and rollers and pull in the tools and miners’ hands, arms, and bodies.
Serious and fatal injuries occur when miners clean or adjust conveyor rollers, pulleys and idlers while the belt is in motion.
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Best Practices
  • Keep guards in place.  Do not defeat or circumvent any protective system.
  • Have an effective lock-out program.  Shut down, deenergize and lock out power switches and block conveyor parts against hazardous motion prior to performing belt roller or pulley cleaning, belt tracking or other maintenance.
  • Establish policies and procedures to ensure proper and safe cleaning and maintenance of conveyor components.
  • Provide task and site-specific hazard training that prohibits cleaning or working on or around moving conveyor components.
  • Follow safe cleaning and maintenance policies and procedures.  Supervisors, miners, and contractors are all responsible for working safely.

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Truck Dumping – Safety Alert

MSHA Safety Alert

Truck Dumping Safety

On January 2, 2024, the driver of an over the road tractor-trailer haul truck died when the trailer tipped over onto the cab of the tractor. The driver was dumping part of the load of gravel from the trailer. Between 2018 and 2024, mine operators reported 14 injury accidents where over the road trucks tipped or rolled over while dumping. During the same period, miners were also injured when 28 off-road mine haul trucks tipped or rolled over. The accidents can be prevented with proper training and following best practices:

The driver was dumping part of the load of gravel from the trailer. Between 2018 and 2024, mine operators reported 14 injury accidents where over the road trucks tipped or rolled over while dumping.
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Best Practices

For Drivers:

  • Dump only on level surfaces, free of spillage. Make sure elevated dump sites are substantial and equipped with adequate dump point restraints.
  •  Keep your truck and trailer in a straight line when backing up and never move faster than walking speed.
  • Avoid dumping in high or gusty wind conditions.
  • Stay in the cab with your seatbelt on during the dumping process. Never attempt to exit or jump from an overturning truck.
  • After dumping, remove any compacted material before reloading the truck.
  • Evenly distribute the load and use antifreeze in cold weather to prevent material from freezing and sticking in the truck bed.
  • Never overload trucks or trailers.

MSHA – Mine Fatality #39

MINE FATALITY – On December 14, 2023, a miner died while preparing to repair flanges on the feed box. In the process of lowering the chute into the maintenance position, the chute pinned the miner between the chute and the handrail.

Accident scene where a miner died while preparing to repair flanges on the feed box.
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Best Practices
  • Block machinery components against motion before beginning maintenance or repairs and verify miners are in a safe location before moving equipment and components.
  • Examine work areas during the shift for hazards that could be created while performing the work.
  • When conducting a non-routine task, review safe procedures before starting work and ensure all safety components are in place.
  • Do not work under suspended loads.
Additional Information

This is the 39th fatality reported in 2023, and the 15th classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #40

MINE FATALITY – On December 14, 2023, a contractor died while delivering parts to the mine when an all-terrain telehandler pulling cable, tipped over, striking him.

Accident scene where a contractor died while delivering parts to the mine when an all-terrain telehandler pulling cable, tipped over, striking him.
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Best Practices
  • Do not exceed the load radius and load limits of lifting equipment.
  • Ensure miners position themselves in a safe manner while working around equipment.
  • Barricade and sign affected areas in case equipment or loads fail or tip.
  • Ensure visitors entering the mine receive site specific hazard awareness training.
  • Maintain good communication between co-workers.
Additional Information

This is the 40th fatality reported in 2023, and the 16th classified as “Machinery.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #37

MINE FATALITY – On November 13, 2023, a pit wall collapsed engulfing an excavator operator while he was outside of the excavator.

Accident scene where a pit wall collapsed engulfing an excavator operator while he was outside of the excavator.
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Best Practices

  • Use appropriate mining methods when the material is steeper than its angle of repose.
    o    Install appropriate benches and trenches when necessary.
    o    Scale highwalls to eliminate hazards, e.g., steep slopes or overhangs.
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and the methods to properly protect miners.
  • Train miners to assess risks and hazards and correct or barricade hazards to prevent access before beginning work activities.

Additional Information

This is the 37th fatality reported in 2023, and the first classified as “Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall.”


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Visually Inspect Ocenco M20.3 – Safety Alert

 

Safety Alert 

Visually Inspect Ocenco M20.3
Ocenco M-20.3 units must be worn in the approved black case and visually inspected at the beginning of each work shift.

During mandated approval audits, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated 16 belt-worn M20.3 Ocenco units that had been in service at an active coal mine. The testing revealed that 3 of the 16 units were found to contain white sorbent dust inside the breathing bag. Miners coming into contact with sorbent material may experience respiratory distress and skin irritation. Visually inspect the M20.3 by looking through the clear base and checking for the presence of white dust within the clear breathing bag. Units with sorbent inside the breathing bag may not perform for their rated duration and must be removed from service immediately.

Ocenco M-20.3 units must be worn in the approved black case and visually inspected at the beginning of each work shift.  If stored, units must be visually inspected every 90 days.  More information can be found in the product manual.

https://www.ocenco.com/media/1024/m-203-instruction-manual-ocenco-inc.pdf

Best Practices

Inspection Overview from Manufacturer’s Manual

  • Verify the presence of tamper indicating ball on the latch lever.
  • Verify that the pressure gage is reading in the green zone.
  • Visually inspect unit for damage.
    • Sorbent dust in breathing bag visible through case. (see pictures above)
    • Case cracked, burned, deformed or excessively worn.
    • Excessive gap between the cover and base.
    • Damaged latch or cover band.
    • Dirt or debris visible through case.
    • Moisture visible through case.
  • Verify unit is within life cycle dates.

If the unit fails any part of the inspection, remove the unit from service.


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Commitment to Electrical Workers

OSHA renews partnership with employers, unions, trade groups to protect electrical transmission, distribution industry workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed a national strategic partnership to improve the safety and health of people employed in constructing and maintaining the national electrical grid with an emphasis on preventing life-threatening incidents and fostering safer work environments.

The five-year renewal includes more than a dozen companies, labor organizations and trade associations in the electrical transmission and distribution industry, and seeks to reduce worker injuries and fatalities by developing strategies to address industry hazards during construction, transmission and distribution work activities.

The partnership will collect data and address the causes of serious and potential serious injury and fatality rates, as well as the known drivers of these injuries and fatalities including mental health, megavolt amps, electrical contacts and arc flash events. Participants will also provide safety training on electrical, transmission and distribution and deploy automated external defibrillators to facilities, jobsites and vehicles.

Since 2018, the partnership has helped reduce industry fatality rates among its members by 91 percent, while the industry average rose by 14 percent. One fatal incident was reported in 2022, down from five in 2019. Since 2020, participating partners have trained more than 35,000 workers and developed nine best practices for the electrical transmission and distribution industry.


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #38

MINE FATALITY – On November 17, 2023, a miner died when the leg of a rock saw stand that he was assisting to unload, shifted and struck him.

Accident scene where a miner died when the leg of a rock saw stand that he was assisting to unload, shifted and struck him.
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Best Practices
  • Review safe procedures with all miners involved prior to conducting a non-routine task.
  • Use proper rigging and lifting procedures when moving machine parts.
  • Load and unload materials on smooth, level surfaces to ensure the material does not shift or fall over.
  • Ensure miners are positioned in a safe location and away from potential hazards when moving or positioning equipment.
Additional Information

This is the 38th fatality reported in 2023, and the first classified as “Handling Material.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #36

MINE FATALITY – On November 13, 2023, a rotating drill steel of a roof bolting machine entangled a miner, causing fatal injuries.

Accident scene where a rotating drill steel of a roof bolting machine entangled a miner, causing fatal injuries.
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Best Practices
  • Always follow manufacturer recommendations when conducting maintenance on equipment, including:
    • Turn off or de-energize the machine.
    • Secure the equipment against hazardous motion.
  • Never touch or hold the drill steel, wrench, or bolt while it is rotating.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting or bulky clothing when working around any machinery with rotating parts.
Additional Information

This is the 36th fatality reported in 2023, and the 14th classified as “Machinery.”


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