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.

Working Alone – Safety Alert

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Best Practices
  • Evaluate the assigned task
    • Do you have adequate training, knowledge, skills and equipment to do the job safely?
    • Do you need help to complete the task safely?
  • Always inform a responsible person where you will be working or traveling in the mine
  • Identify hazards
  • Correct and isolate the hazard(s) or report the hazard(s) to your supervisor
  • Always use the proper tools and equipment to do the job
  • Don’t take shortcuts, do the job safely
  • Follow established communications procedures
  • Use established check-in/check-out procedures
  • It’s your safety! Protect it!

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Longwall Accidents – Safety Alert

Original article published by MSHA

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Alerta de seguridad – Tajo largo accidentes.pdf

From January 2013 to March 2023, there have been 545 accidents on longwalls in underground coal mines, causing seven deaths and 333 serious injuries. These accidents occurred when miners were performing routine work such as shoveling coal, working on shields, moving equipment, installing bits on shear drums and installing supplemental ground support at the face and roof during recovery of longwall equipment.

Chart indicating number of longwall accidents over 10-years.

Gratico que indica el N de accidentes de tajo largo durante 10 anos.

Best Practices
  • Follow the approved Roof Control Plan and train miners on the plan’s requirements.
  • Never travel or work under unsupported roof.
  • Examine the roof, face, and ribs, from a safe position.
  • Correct hazardous roof, face, or rib conditions before any work or travel is permitted in the affected area and during longwall recovery.
  • Be alert to changing roof/rib conditions especially during longwall recovery.
  • Install temporary roof support (posts, jacks, cribs) as required.

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

Heat Ignition Hazard – Safety Alert

Original article published by MSHA

Improperly applying large quantities of foam products to fill voids can cause underground mine fires. Polyurethane-based foam products will produce heat from an exothermic chemical reaction.

Improper application of a polyurethane-based foam product filling a high-volume void.

aplicacion incorrecta de un producto de espuma a base de poliuretano que rellena un vacio de gran volumen.

Best Practices
  • Use the Proper Product. Do not fill large voids with foam products that generate a hazardous amount of heat.
  • Follow the Manufacturer’s Directions. 
  • Train Miners. Train miners before handling and using foam, grout, and resin products, including potential heat hazards.
  • Educate Miners on Chemical Exposure Hazards. Provide miners with Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Foam Placement. Form used to support foam should be fire resistant or fire retardant.

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

Longwall Accidents – Safety Alert

Original article published by MSHA

From January 2013 to March 2023, there have been 545 accidents on longwalls in underground coal mines, causing seven deaths and 333 serious injuries. These accidents occurred when miners were performing routine work such as shoveling coal, working on shields, moving equipment, installing bits on shear drums and installing supplemental ground support at the face and roof during recovery of longwall equipment.

Chart indicating number of longwall accidents over 10-years.
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Best Practices
  • Follow the approved Roof Control Plan and train miners on the plan’s requirements.
  • Never travel or work under unsupported roof.
  • Examine the roof, face, and ribs, from a safe position.
  • Correct hazardous roof, face, or rib conditions before any work or travel is permitted in the affected area and during longwall recovery.
  • Be alert to changing roof/rib conditions especially during longwall recovery.
  • Install temporary roof support (posts, jacks, cribs) as required.

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

Heat Ignition Hazard – Safety Alert

Original article published by MSHA

Improperly applying large quantities of foam products to fill voids can cause underground mine fires. Polyurethane-based foam products will produce heat from an exothermic chemical reaction.

Improper application of a polyurethane-based foam product filling a high-volume void.
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices
  • Use the Proper Product. Do not fill large voids with foam products that generate a hazardous amount of heat.
  • Follow the Manufacturer’s Directions. 
  • Train Miners. Train miners before handling and using foam, grout, and resin products, including potential heat hazards.
  • Educate Miners on Chemical Exposure Hazards. Provide miners with Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Foam Placement. Form used to support foam should be fire resistant or fire retardant.

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

Personnel Carriers – Safety Alert

Original article published by MSHA

Since 2018, there have been seven fatalities involving miners operating personnel carriers.  These accidents could have been prevented if mine operators:  1) had adequate procedures in place to ensure safe travel of personnel carriers, 2) maintained braking systems, and 3) trained miners on the safe operation of personnel carriers.

Since 2018, there have been seven fatalities involving miners operating personnel carriers.  These accidents could have been prevented if mine operators:  1) had adequate procedures in place to ensure safe travel of personnel carriers, 2) maintained braking systems, and 3) trained miners on the safe operation of personnel carriers.
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Best Practices
  • Maintain steering and braking components.
  • Conduct adequate pre-operational inspections of mobile equipment.  Correct any defects affecting safety before operating mobile equipment.
  • Tag out and remove equipment from service when defects affecting safety are found that cannot be corrected.
  • Maintain roadways free of debris, excessive water, mud, and other conditions that impact an equipment operator’s ability to control mobile equipment.
  • Operate mobile equipment at speeds that are consistent with the type of equipment, roadway conditions, grades, clearances, visibility.
  • Task train miners on personnel carrier safety.

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

BSEE issues alert on hydraulic torque wrench operations

Original article published by Safety+Health

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Washington — In response to the death of a drillship worker who lacked formal training on using a hydraulic torque wrench, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has issued a safety alert.

BSEE says the August 2020 incident occurred in part because the worker didn’t recognize the risk potential of the hydraulic torque wrench, which was stuck, when extracting bolts from a telescopic riser joint flange. While assisting with unlatching the lower marine riser package from the blowout preventer to prepare for a ship relocation, the worker was struck by the wrench and lifted into the air.

The worker hit a riser clamp about 6 feet above the elevated work deck and fell to the rig floor. He received first aid but later died after being transported to the drillship hospital.

An agency investigation determined that failure to initiate stop-work authority, along with discrepancies with drill floor observer roles and responsibilities, contributed to the worker’s death.

BSEE recommendations to operators and contractors:

  • Ensure a job safety analysis captures the limitations of the hydraulic torque wrench when in use.
  • Verify all employees understand the JSA and have been formally trained on operating both hydraulic torque wrenches and hydraulic utility wrenches.
  • Emphasize the enactment of stop-work authority if imminent danger is observed.
  • Expand drill floor observer responsibilities to monitor all aspects of jobs occurring on the rig floor.
  • Consider using a hydraulic torque wrench with a compatible design that corresponds with the beveled edge of the telescopic riser joint.
  • Explore options for employing a load indicator, or a similar design mechanism, onto the hydraulic utility wrench package.
  • Ensure pre-job reviews and promote the sharing of feedback from previous experiences.

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

Preventing Falls from Height – Safety Alert

Original article published by MSHA

In the last ten years, 22 miners and contractors have been fatally injured and
over 1,000 have been disabled or lost time from work in fall-from-height accidents.

Fall from height accidents result in over 100 fatal and serious injuries every year. Prevent these injuries by providing walkways and platforms with handrails that provide safe access, and by using adequate fall protection.

Fall from height accidents result in over 100 fatal and serious injuries every year. Prevent these injuries by providing walkways and platforms with handrails that provide safe access, and by using adequate fall protection.

Los accidentes por caídas desde altura provocan cada año más de 100 lesiones graves y mortales. Prevenga estas lesiones dotando a las pasarelas y plataformas de barandillas que permitan un acceso seguro, y utilizando una protección contra caídas adecuada.

Best Practices
  • Reduce hazards. Design work areas and develop job tasks to minimize fall hazards.
  • Have a program. Establish an effective fall prevention and protection program. Provide task and site-specific hazard training that prohibits working at unprotected locations.
  • Provide fall protection to each miner who may work at an elevated height, or a location unprotected by handrails. Ensure their use.
  • Provide secure anchor points.
  • Provide mobile or stationary platforms or scaffolding at locations and on work projects where there is a risk of falling.
  • Provide safe truck tarping and bulk truck hatch access facilities.

McCraren Compliance offers many opportunities in safety training to help circumvent accidents. Please take a moment to visit our calendar of classes to see what we can do to help your safety measures from training to consulting.

CSB Issues New Safety Alert Focused on the Potential Hazards of Emergency Discharges from Pressure Release Valves

Original article published by CSB
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Washington, D.C. March 6, 2023 – Today, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued a new Safety Alert titled “Hazards Posed by Discharges from Emergency Pressure-Relief Systems.” The CSB’s alert highlights hazards identified with emergency pressure-relief systems from four CSB investigations.  The alert advises facilities that while a discharge from emergency pressure-relief systems can help protect equipment from unexpected and undesired high-pressure events, it can also seriously harm or fatally injure workers and cause extensive damage to a facility if the discharge is not made to a safe location.

CSB Chairperson Steve Owens said, “All four of the incidents highlighted in the CSB’s safety alert underscore the importance of thoroughly evaluating emergency pressure-relief systems to ensure they discharge to a safe location where they will not harm people.”

The four incidents highlighted in the CSB’s safety alert resulted in 19 deaths and 207 injuries. They include:

  • On May 19, 2018, an ethylene release ignited, injuring 23 workers at the Kuraray America, Inc. ethylene and vinyl alcohol copolymer plant in Pasadena, Texas. The CSB’s animation of this event shows how this incident occurred during the startup of a chemical reactor system following a turnaround. High-pressure conditions developed inside the reactor and activated the reactor’s emergency pressure relief system, discharging flammable ethylene vapor horizontally into the ambient air in an area where a number of contractors were working.
  • On November 15, 2014, approximately 24,000 pounds of highly toxic methyl mercaptan were released from an insecticide production unit at the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) chemical manufacturing facility in La Porte, Texas. The release fatally injured three operators and a shift supervisor inside a manufacturing building. During the early phases of the investigation, CSB investigators identified a number of worker safety issues—separate from the release scenario— including that several emergency pressure-relief systems at the facility were designed to discharge hazardous materials in a way that posed a risk to workers and the public.
  • On May 4, 2009, highly flammable vapor released from a waste recycling process, ignited, and violently exploded at Veolia ES Technical Solutions, LLC, in West Carrollton, Ohio. The incident injured four employees, two seriously.  Following the initial explosion, multiple other explosions occurred that t significantly damaged every structure on the site. Residences and businesses in the surrounding community also sustained considerable damage. The CSB concluded that uncontrolled venting from emergency pressure-relief valves to the atmosphere allowed tetrahydrofuran (THF) vapors to accumulate to explosive concentrations outside process equipment, and the vapors subsequently found an ignition source.