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2003 surface coal Fatalities

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Published on February 28, 2008

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2003 Surface Coal Fatalities:  2003 Surface Coal Fatalities Slide2:  February 20, 2003, 44-year old preparation plant operator with 25 years of total experience fell approximately 19 feet to his death. Facts:  Facts fell approximately 19 feet through a four-foot square opening in the upper level flooring at a conveyor drive station onto a conveyor tail pulley at a lower level of a surface facility The flooring had been removed to allow materials to be lowered for construction work opening had been protected with nylon rope and flagging The victim, a plant foreman, was aware of the work being performed died of his injuries Wednesday, February 26, 2003. What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Protect accessible floor openings with substantial railings or barriers to prevent falls of persons. Cover openings in floors with substantial material when the opening is not in use. Establish procedures and train personnel in procedures for removing, protecting, and replacing flooring during construction or maintenance. Always use fall protection equipment, safety belts and lines, when working near openings where there is a danger of falling. Slide5:  March 17, 2003, 48-year old independent contractor truck driver, with 27 years of total experience, was fatally injured at a surface coal mine Facts:  Facts The driver was hauling a load of coal up an inclined haul road the truck apparently stopped and began descending back down the haul road victim exited the cab and was run over by the truck's front wheel What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Ensure that all personnel who operate mobile equipment wear their seat belts at all times and instruct them never to exit from moving vehicles. Conduct pre-operational checks to identify any defects that may affect the safe operation of equipment before it is placed into service. Know the truck's capabilities, operating ranges, load-limits and safety features. Maintain equipment braking and steering systems in good repair and adjustment. Ensure that parking brakes are engaged and the wheels are turned into the bank or berm before exiting the operator's cab. Slide8:  April 4, 2003, 35-year-old independent contractor truck driver with 8 months of total mining experience, was fatally injured at a surface preparation plant Facts:  Facts driver was coming from the preparation plant when the Mack 800 coal truck he was operating failed to negotiate a sharp curve on the road leading onto a one-lane bridge The truck ran through the guardrails provided for the bridge and plunged 47 feet to the ground below What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Conduct pre-operational checks to identify any defects that may affect the safe operation of equipment, before it is placed into service. Maintain equipment braking and steering systems in good repair and adjustment. Know the truck's capabilities, operating ranges, load-limits and safety features. Observe all speed limits and traffic rules. Slide11:  April 9, 2003, 20-year old truck driver, with 8 months and 9 days of total experience, was fatally injured at a surface coal mine. Facts:  Facts driver was hauling a load of coal up an inclined haul road when the truck apparently stopped and began descending back down the haul road victim exited the cab and was partially pinned beneath the truck bed when the truck rolled over, crushing his legs and burying him under the coal What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Ensure that all personnel who operate mobile equipment wear their seat belts at all times and instruct them never to exit from moving vehicles. Conduct pre-operational checks to identify any defects that may affect the safe operation of equipment before it is placed into service. Ensure all grades and haulage roads are appropriate for haulage equipment being used. Ensure that parking brakes are engaged and the wheels are turned into the bank or berm before exiting the operator's cab. Maintain equipment braking and steering systems in good repair and adjustment. Know the truck's capabilities, operating ranges, load-limits and safety features. Slide14:  April 27, 2003, 42-year-old contractor mechanic, with 19 years of mining experience, was fatally injured at a surface coal mine. Facts:  Facts victim was using a spray can of starter fluid to clean oil and coal dust off the engine mounting bolts of a front-end loader when the spray can ignited victim's clothes caught fire engulfing his upper body in flames. Another mechanic working nearby extinguished the flames victim was transported to a burn center where he died, on May 1, as a result of his injuries. What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Ensure that flammable fluids, liquids, or aerosols are not used to clean equipment or parts. Use solvents or degreasers formulated to clean equipment or parts. Ensure that smoking or the use of open flame is prohibited when flammable products are used. Ensure workers understand the hazards associated with the chemicals used at the mine and the correct applications for their use. Examine work areas for hazardous conditions and unsafe practices. Slide17:  June 23, 2003, 47-year old lead mechanic with 27 years of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface-mine repair yard. Facts:  Facts crew was preparing to move a section of a shovel mainframe with a front-end loader metal mainframe section was to be used at another location to block-up another piece of equipment After the front-end loader operator positioned the bucket over the shovel mainframe section, the victim reached under the bucket to attach a chain between the mainframe section and the bucket the bucket drifted downward, pinning the victim's head between the mainframe section and the bucket. What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Securely block raised equipment to prevent accidental movement before working beneath such components. Ensure that personnel are trained to recognize hazardous work procedures, including working in pinch points where inadvertent movement could cause injury. Maintain good communication between co-workers. Discuss work procedures and identify all hazards associated with the work to be performed, along with the methods to protect personnel. Slide20:  June 26, 2003, 59-year old truck driver, with 25 years of mining experience, was fatally injured when the truck he was operating backed over a spoil pile dumping point. Facts:  Facts The truck rolled 166 feet down the spoil pile before striking the base of an adjacent highwall The dumping point was not provided with a berm What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Provide and maintain adequate berms or bumper blocks at all dumping locations. Examine dumping locations for hazards prior to commencing work. If dumping over a berm, back perpendicularly or at a slight angle, so that the driver side wheels contact the berm first. Utilize a bulldozer with the "dump-short, push-over" method of spoiling material. Slope the dump area so that trucks must back up a slight grade. Ensure that drivers are trained to recognize and avoid dumping hazards. Slide23:  September 5, 2003, 28 year-old utility man, with 10 years of mining experience, was fatally injured when a 55 gallon drum exploded. Facts:  Facts Drum was assumed empty (had contained anti-freeze) Victim was attempting to fill drum with acetylene using an unlit a torch (unrelated to work) 3 other employees were injured from the force of the explosion What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Ensure that employees review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and understand the flammability and combustibility characteristics for materials stored in containers prior to commencing work activities. Do not cut into an enclosed container with an open flame without taking proper safety precautions. Fill containers with water or other inert materials prior to cutting or welding to prevent the ignition of flammable material or gasses. Prior to commencing work, examine containers and identify their contents. Never attempt to transfer acetylene gas into any other container. Ensure that employees do not engage in horseplay. Slide26:  September 9, 2003, 36-year old utility person with 4 years of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface coal mine when a metal hook broke loose from the hitch of a stuck truck being towed. Facts:  Facts Crew using 2 pickups to move shovel power cable One truck became stuck in mud A nylon tow rope was hooked between trucks First pull, bumper hook broke on front truck Hook went through window of rear truck killing operator What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Use only tested and approved mechanisms for pulling or towing. Obtain approval of manufacturer for modifications to original towing equipment Conduct audits (observations) of specific tasks to ensure proper techniques are employed and tools/materials are maintained. Never exceed the rated capacity of a tow vehicle or towing equipment. Ensure vehicles have sufficient traction for surface conditions. Ensure employees are properly instructed on proper towing practices. Slide29:  September 17, 2003, A driller and dozer operator with 7 and 10 years experience, respectively were killed when their mantrip was crushed by a 190 ton haul truck Facts:  Facts Victims were dropping off supplies Approached haul truck from right side Stopped mantrip immediately in front of haul truck Haul truck operator was unaware of mantrip Driver of mantrip was seriously injured but survived What Would YOU Do?:  What Would YOU Do? Ensure, by signal or other means, that all persons are clear before moving equipment. When approaching large mobile equipment, do not proceed until you make eye contact with, or obtain approval from, the equipment operator. Minimize situations where smaller vehicles need to approach large haul trucks (e.g., arrange for haul truck drivers to have supplies available at the pre-shift meeting place, rather than having supplies delivered to the truck). Equip larger vehicles with cameras to monitor blind spots and ensure that they are properly used Do not park smaller vehicles in a large truck's potential path of movement. Equip smaller vehicles with flags or strobe lights, positioned high enough to be seen from the cabs of haulage trucks. Stagger the times that vehicles leave assembly areas and separate the parking and travel areas for larger and smaller vehicles.

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