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Section: 56.14100c
Date: 08/26/2016
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The Ingersoll Rand DM30 Drill is missing the Rod Changer/Rod Catcher/Rod Support. With this piece missing the miner has to use his hand to guide the drill steel into place. The miner has to perform this activity every 26 feet drilled when connecting a new piece of drill steel. Performing this action while the machine is operating exposes the miner to loss of limb type injuries. Standard 56.14100c was cited 14 times in two years at mine XXXXXXX (o to contractor XXXX).
Action: The Rod Changer was found in the shop and installed on the Ingersoll Rand DM30 drill. Therefore terminating the cited condition.
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Section: 56.12018
Date: 02/26/2016
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The plant control booth had multiple breakers that were not labeled to identify what piece of equipment they controlled. The electrician could not readily identify what the circuits controlled. The breakers were in the energized position. All other breakers and panels are labeled. Should a miner, performing maintenance, be unable to identify the circuit that may energize equipment without his knowledge the miner may receive sprains, broken bones and other type entanglement type injuries. The electrical trailer with the control booth had been moved to the side after the 2014 production season. The mine foreman was not aware the breaker panel had not been labeled.
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Section: 56.4201a2
Date: 02/26/2016
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The annual inspection for the fire extinguisher located in the cab of the CAT 980K front-end loader was not performed or recorded as required. The last inspection was dated Feb. 2014 as indicated by the inspection tag located on the fire extinguisher. The components of the extinguisher appeared to be in good condition and fully charged. Should a miner attempt to use the extinguisher and it not function properly, would subject the miner to lost workdays or restricted duty type injuries. Management was aware of the annual inspection requirements, but unaware that inspection was past due.
Action: The fire extinguisher was replaced with one that meets all the requirements of the standard.
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Section: 56.12008
Date: 02/26/2016
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The VSI plant 480v supply power cables passed through a hole, located in the generator disconnect box, that did not have a fitting. The plant operator switches a disconnect within 6 foot of this location daily when the plant is in operation. Where the cable passed through the metal disconnect box was approximately 6 foot from the established walkway and 44 inches above the exposed conductors may have come in contact with a miner or structure causing possible electric shock, burns or fire. There was no visible damage to the cables outer jacket.
Action:
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Section: 56.12018
Date: 05/21/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The breakers were not labeled in the panel located in the gravel plant control room. Employees working around this area were exposed to the possibility of injury by not being able to identify which switch to lock out to work on equipment or circuits, or deactivate in case of an emergency. This area is powered by a generator and has only 6 switches, making the chance of an accident unlikely. The mine operator believed all of the breakers had been labeled.
Action: The mine operator had the breakers labeled to identify what they controlled.
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Section: 56.12008
Date: 05/21/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The cables entering and exiting the 2NS stacker disconnect and starter metal enclosures were not passing through a proper fittings. The cables were not provided with strain relief that would prevent them from being pulled out of the box. Should the cable become pulled loose the exposed conductors may come in contact with a miner or the metal enclosure causing possible electric shock and or burns. There were no tools or materials stored near the starter. The mine operator contracted the installation of the equipment to an electrical company approximately 3 years prior. The mine operator was not aware of the condition.
Action: The mine operator had the cables clamped inside of the enclosure, providing strain relief.
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Section: 56.12004
Date: 05/21/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The conduit containing the conductors that supplied the 240v power to the 6A conveyor motor was corroded exposing the inner conductors to mechanical damage. There was approximately 18 foot of corroded conduit. There was a 6 inch by 6 inch junction box near the tail pulley supported by the corroded conduit that had the bottom half missing presenting the possibility of the inner conductors resting on the angle iron support. The area is accessed daily during production for inspection and clean up purposes. Employees were exposed to the possibility of injury from shock/fire should the inner conductors become damaged. No bare copper wire was observed. The mine operator was not informed of the condition.
Action: The mine operator had the corroded conduit replaced with new conduit and fittings.
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Section: 56.12004
Date: 05/21/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The 240v power cable for the rising current pump on the EIW classifier tank had a 3/4 inch cut in the outer jacket exposing the inner conductors to mechanical damage. The cut was located approximately 6 inches above the walkway. The area is accessed weekly for greasing the pump. Employees working in and around this area were exposed to the possibility of shock and/or fire. No apparent damage to the inner conductors was observed. The plant had not operated and no maintenance had been performed in the area since 12/2014. The mine operator was not aware of the condition.
Action: The mine operator had the cable wrapped with rubber tape then electrical tape to cover the cut area.
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Section: 56.12004
Date: 05/21/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The conduit that carries the 120v power conductors to the disconnect for the brine tank pump was broken exposing the inner conductors to mechanical damage. The plastic conduit was broken and dropped down approximately 1/2 inch and was resting on the energized 120v conductors. Employees and customer truck drivers were exposed to the possibility of injury from shock/fire if the conductors were to become damaged. The brine is used during cold weather, below 30 degrees F, to prevent material from sticking in the customer truck dump bodies. No bare copper wire was observed. The mine operator was not aware of the condition.
Action: The mine operator had the conduit repaired
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Section: 56.14130i
Date: 05/21/2015
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The seat belt in the CAT 988G loader, company number BHN905, was maintained in a functioning condition when observed. The seat belt was pulled out 24 inches and would not retract nor pull out any further. The machine had not been operated from 12/2014 until 3/23/2015. The equipment operator stated that the seat belt was not functioning when they began operating the machine on 3/23/2015. The machine was operating on relatively level and well bermed area. The machine was immediately taken out of service. The operator had not informed mine management of the condition.
Action: The seat belt was repaired.
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Section: 56.12008
Date: 05/21/2015
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: Three cables were not passing through a proper fitting entering the metal starter enclosure for the plant lstacker. The cables were not provided with strain relief that would prevent them from being pulled out of the box. Should the cable become damaged or pulled loose the exposed conductors may come in contact with a miner causing possible electric shock and or burns. There were no tools or materials stored near the starter. The mine operator was not aware of the condition.
Action: The mine operator had electricians install a fitting that provides strain relief for the cables.
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Section: 56.9300a
Date: 05/14/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: There were no berms along the wash plant settling pond, waste material load out ramp, or the clean out hole next to the scale. The area along the settling pond and waste load out ramp are rarely traveled and only by an excavator when traveled. However the area near the clean out hole by the scales is traveled daily by employees traveling to and from the fueling area, also there were tire tracks observed within 24 inches of the edge of the hole. Employees using these areas were exposed to the possibility of injury should the equipment over travel the road, and roll into the settling pond or clean out hole.
Action: There was a berm placed prohibiting the access to the settling pond and large stones placed around the clean out hole. The operator stated that they would order signs to warn about the lack of
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Section: 56.9300a
Date: 05/14/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: There were no berms along the mini wash plant settling pond. The area was approximately 100 foot long with approximately 4 foot drop to a ledge that was approximately 15 foot wide then another drop into the settling pond. Employees using this area were exposed to the possibility of injury while working in this area should the equipment over travel the road, and roll into the settling pond. The pond sediment had been dug approximately 5 weeks prior and the area had not been accessed until 3/23/2015. There were no visible tire tracks in the area. The foreman believed a berm had been placed after the pond had been dug out.
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Section: 56.14130e2
Date: 04/21/2015
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The Roll-over Protective Structure (ROPS) on the CAT 140G grader, sn: 72V13054, had modifications performed without approval from the ROPS manufacturer or under the instructions of a registered professional engineer with knowledge and experience in ROPS design. There were 12 holes drilled into the right rear vertical post. The holes ranged from 3/16 of an inch to 5/16 of an inch in diameter. The left vertical post had 3 holes and 2 pieces of lx1 inch flat stock welded on with 3 welds measuring 2 inches in length. The machine travels over relatively flat ground with minimal slope on the mine roads as well as the county road. The machine is used approximately 65 hours a year. Should the machine roll-over and the modified ROPS fail a miner may receive broken bones and or roll-over type crushing injuries. The machine was acquired years prior with the modifications already being present. The mine operator did not perform any of the modifications
Action: Manufacturer issued a fix for the dealer to perform and complete to Re-Certify the ROPS Cab.
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Section: 56.17001
Date: 01/29/2015
Negligence: Low
District: SE
Condition: Illumination was not sufficient in the truck silo elevator and the clinker silo elevator each elevator had only one light functioning. If the one light went out the elevator operator would not have the safe working illuminations conditions required to see what controls to operate or use emergency equipment if needed. The elevators are operated day and night by miners and contractors.
Action: none given
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Section: 56.17001
Date: 01/15/2015
Negligence: Low
District: SE
Condition: Illumination was not sufficient in the Alimak truck silo elevator, the Viola silo elevator and the Alimak clinker silo elevator each elevator had only one light functioning. If the light went out the elevator operator would not have safe working illumination conditions required to see what controls to operate or use emergency equipment if needed. The elevators are operated day and night by miners and contractors.
Action: na
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Section: 56.12007
Date: 01/09/2015
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The extension cord plugged into the receptacle junction box showed signs of burns on the female end of the plug indicating it was being unplugged from the mobile equipment heater plug when it was still under load. The Cat 966 loader is usually plugged into the cord overnight and then unplugged the next morning before operating the loader. A miner is exposed to an electrical shock or burn type injury. The Foreman knew the cord was used to plug the pre-heater of the loader in, but had not recognized the hazard of unplugging under load, and the condition had not been reported.
Action: Inspector said mine operator must turn off power to the outlet before plugging in or unplugging the extension cord. This could be accomplished by pushing the "test" button on a GFCI outlet, flipping the breaker switch to the off position, or using a timer that turns on the power to the cord after it is plugged in and turns off the power before the cord is unplugged.
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Section: 56.4101
Date: 04/24/2014
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The Ford F250 pick-up truck was not equipped with "no smoking or no open flame" signs to warn miners of the potential fire hazard that exists. The bed of the truck contained a 75 gallon dyed diesel fuel dispensing tank. This condition present a fire hazard and exposes miners to smoke inhalation and burn injuries. There was no ignition source or use of open flames in the area at the time of the inspection. The mine operator indicated believing that the tank only needed only the three red flammable liquid DOT placards, but the other fuel dispensing tanks on site had "no smoking/no open flame" signs.
Action: The mine operator printed "no smoking, no open flames" on the back of the fuel tank.
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Section: 50.30a
Date: 03/07/2014
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: An MSHA #7000-2 (Quarterly Employment Report) for the second quarter of 2013 was not submitted within the 15 day period following the quarter in question. The form was submitted on 7/16/2013. Mine management is aware the quarterly reports are to be submitted within 15 days after the end of each quarter.
Action: The quarterly report has been submitted.
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Section: 56.14103c1
Date: 03/07/2014
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: There are two 10' long, 1/2 inch chains located under the operators seat in the Volvo 150 D front end loader. This condition exposes miners to the hazards of being struck by the chain during operation, and or the chain getting wedged under the break [sic]pedal preventing the operator to make a planned stop, suffering lost work days restricted duty type injuries. The break [sic] pedal is located no more than 11 inches from where the chains are being stored. Mine management states the chains were put inside the cab to prevent contact with the weather. Mine management was not aware of the standard.
Action: The chains have been removed from the operators cab.
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Section: 56.20003a
Date: 02/27/2014
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The housekeeping in the warehouse was not maintained in an orderly condition in that, hoses, and other debris were cluttering two walkways in the upper loft and spools boxes and other items were blocking the walkway to the far back room. One miner enters this area daily to store and retrieve parts. A miner could suffer broken bone type injuries in the event of a trip and/or fall as a result of this condition.
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Section: 56.14100c
Date: 02/12/2014
Negligence: Moderate
District: SE
Condition: The rock knocker on the right rear side of the Caterpillar 769C haul truck co # 8030 was missing. The knocker is designed to prevent rocks from becoming lodged between two tandem tires. Rocks lodged between two tires can cause friction resulting in tire damage and sudden tire failure. Sudden tire failures can result in serious injuries to the driver of the haul truck. The operator removed the truck from service until the missing rock knocker can be installed.
Action:
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Section: 56.14132a
Date: 12/20/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The audible warning device, the tilt alarm on the JLG 860 SJ man lift was not being maintained in a functional condition. The man lift when moved to an incline the light on the tilt mechanism would flash but a person could not see it because of the bright sun light. The tilt alarm would not sound as the equipment's manual says it should when it is at an angle. The absence of a functional tilt alarm exposes a person to a possible tilting hazard.
Action: The man lift was removed from the mine site.
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Section: 56.14100c
Date: 12/05/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: SE
Condition: The rock knocker on the right rear side of the Caterpillar 769C haul truck co. # 8030 was missing. The knocker is designed to prevent rocks from becoming lodged between two tandem tires. Rocks lodged between two tires can cause friction resulting in tire damage and sudden tire failure. Sudden tire failures can result in serious injuries to the driver of the haul truck. The operator removed the truck from service until the missing rock knocker can be installed.
Action: This action terminates the citation for the missing rock knocker and also corrects the "served to" from James Jenkins to Floyd Drake, Plant Manager. The missing rock knocker was replaced on the haul truck.
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Section: 5614100c
Date: 09/26/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: SE
Condition: The three windshield wipers provided on the Caterpillar 120G Road Grader company #16025 were not being maintained in a functional condition. The switches were turned on for the upper wiper and the two lower wipers and the wipers did not function. The Road Grader is used as needed to maintain the haul roads in the pit area of the mine and is operated by one miner. This condition exposes a miner to a lost workday injury by not being able to remove rain and other debris from the front windows during use. Standard 56.14100c was cited 3 times in two years at mine 3100564 (2 to the operator, 1 to a contractor).
Action: The three windshield wipers provided for the Caterpillar 120G Road Grader company #16025 now function. This citation is terminated.
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Section: 56.14116b
Date: 09/26/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: SE
Condition: The Stihl Farm Boss AV5 chain saw located in the core room of the warehouse was equipped with a device that locked on the operating controls. Unknown when the saw was last used and was observed on the floor of the core room available for use. This exposes a miner to a serious injury in the event the operating control would lock during use due to lock feature.
Action: chain saw was removed from property.
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Section: 56.12004
Date: 09/26/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: SE
Condition: The positive welding lead attached to the Miller Big Blue 400P welder was not being properly maintained. The outer insulation was damaged in three places exposing the inner copper current carrying conductors. The three damaged areas measured 13 feet 6 inches, 36 feet, and 44 feet 6 inches from the electrode holder. The welder is capable of producing 450 amps and is usually operated from 120-140- amps. The welder is located on the bed of the Ford F-Super Duty welding truck company #1115. The welder was last used yesterday in the pit area of the mine. This exposes a miner to an electrical shock in the event of a direct grounding condition due to the exposed inner current carrying conductors.
Action: The exposed inner current conductors are now provided with the outer insulation. This citation is terminated.
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Section: 56.14100c
Date: 09/06/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: SE
Condition: The oxygen tank pressure gauge and the regulator pressure gauge attached to the oxygen regulator assembly located on the Ford F-Super Duty welding truck company #1121 were not being properly maintained. The oxygen tank valve was closed the line was bled and the tank pressure gauge displayed 150 pounds of tank air pressure and the regulator gauge displayed 15 pounds of air pressure. The oxygen and acetylene tanks are used daily by the welder and were not taqged out to prevent use. This exposes a miner to a serious injury by note knowing the accurate amount of regulated oxygen tank pressure in the oxygen tank.
Action: Replaced regulator and gauges with serviceable gauges. Defective gauges were removed from the site and tagged out to be used for training.
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 09/06/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: SE
Condition: The Chicago pneumatic powered 7 1/2 inch hand held grinder located on the Ford F-550 mechanics truck company #1191 was not guarded to prevent contact with the rotating grinding wheel. The grinder is used as needed to grind sheet metal, rotates approximately 10,000-18,000 RPMs and was not tagged out to prevent use. This exposes a miner to a permanently disabling injiury in the event the grinding wheel should separate during use. Standard 56.14107a was cited 1 time in two years at mine 3101497 (1 to the operator, o to a contractor).
Action: Grinder, though personal property of the mechanic, was destroyed and pictures were taken of the destroyed grinder that was estimate as being 25 years old.
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Section: 56.4201a5
Date: 07/22/2013
Negligence: High
District: SE
Condition: The pit Hitachi EX-1100 Super diesel shovel dry chemical fire suppression system (Ansul LT-A-101 Model 30) has not been inspected in over twelve months. An inspection schedule based on the manufacturer's specifications or the equivalent shall be established for individual components of a system and followed to determine that the system remains functional to prevent injury to the shovel operator during an emergency such as a fire. The shovel was last used for production in December 2012. The shovel was purchased in August 1994 and its fire suppression system was inspected once or twice since. There are no mitigating circumstances as to why the fire suppression system has not been inspected.
Action: The fire suppression system's cylinders have been disconnected and taken out-of-service. A 10-lb. ABC multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher is on the shovel and available for use in an emergency whenever the shovel is operated. The shovel operator understands.
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Section: 56.14101a2
Date: 05/22/2013
Negligence: Low
District:
Condition: When tested, the parking brake on the Caterpillar D440 Haul Truck (S/N 8PS00647) was not capable of holding the equipment with its typical load on the maximum grade the haul truck travels. The haul truck was observed hauling reject sand at the time of the inspection. The parking brake was tested with a typical load on the exit hill where the truck was being loaded throughout the shift. Should the vehicle roll unexpectedly with a defective parking brake, a miner would be subjected to severe injuries from being struck by the loader.
Action: We hired Michigan Cat to inspect the brakes fearing that they were wore out. They were in great condition, the technician explained to us that on this style of truck when the parking brake is applied while the unit is running it only engages the front axle, when it is shut off there is a drive line lock that engages all of the axles. The units wouldn't pass the standard perfectly while the unit was running so we installed a toggle switch that could be used to engage the rear two axles so that the unit could pass the standard.
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Section: 56.12018
Date: 05/22/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: 120 volt circuit breakers located in the Shop were not labeled to indicate what the breakers controlled. A total of ten single pole circuit breakers were unlabeled within the breaker panel. It was not possible to identify what the breakers controlled by location. Labeling is necessary in order for miners to be able to identify, de-energize, and lock and tag out a specific breaker. Identification of breakers is also critical in order to de-energize a circuit in an emergency. Unlabeled breakers expose miners to harmful voltages associated with 120 volt circuits.
Action: The operator contracted an electrician, who traced out the 120 volt circuits and properly labeled the entire lighting panel circuit breakers.
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Section: 56.4601
Date: 05/22/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: Oxygen cylinders were stored in close proximity to petroleum-based oils and grease in the Shop. A compressed oxygen cylinder, part of an oxy-acetylene torch set, was observed stored approximately 2 feet from drive train fluid, and approximately 4 feet from several other oil vessels in the oil storage area. Additionally, several full oxygen cylinders were observed stored within 6 feet of grease containers. This condition represents an increased fire hazard to miners, who would be exposed to burns and/or smoke inhalation in the event of a fire accelerated by the compressed oxygen cylinder(s).
Action: The operator has removed the oxygen cylinders from the Shop in order to comply with the standard.
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Section: 56.14101a2
Date: 05/22/2013
Negligence: Low
District:
Condition: When tested, the parking brake of the John Deere Gator XUV (850D) was not capable of holding the equipment on the maximum grade the vehicle travels. The vehicle was observed traveling various parts of the mine site during the course of the inspection. The parking brake was tested on the Plant 2 hill leading to the Shop. Should the vehicle roll unexpectedly with a defective brake, a miner would be subjected to severe injuries from being struck by the vehicle.
Action: When retested, the parking brake on the John Deere Gator XUV (850D) was capable of holding the equipment on the maximum grade the vehicle travels.
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Section: 56.4601
Date: 04/30/2013
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: Two full oxygen bottles were being stored on the west wall of the shop located within 7 feet of several grease guns and nine feet from one box of mystic JT grease (9 tubes) and one box of FS Spectra lube grease (7 tubes). No ignition sources were present and the area had good ventilation. The caps were secured on the oxygen tanks and were secured with a chain. The area is accessed by the owner as part of normal mining operations to store/retrieve grease and tools as part of maintenance. This condition exposes miners to fatal injuries from an explosion. The condition had not been previously cited nor was it recognized as a hazard.
Action: Oxygen bottles were moved and are no longer stored near the grease.
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Section: 56.12028
Date: 03/04/2013
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The continuity and resistance tests for the 110 volt outlets located throughout the plant, did not have the grounding tests recorded in ohms. If a ground fault were to occur, it could result in fatal injuries from electrocution. The outlets appeared to be maintained and in good condition. Management was aware of the continuity and resistance standard, but not aware that the readings for each circuit needed to be indicated in ohms as per MSHA policy.
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Section: 56.11001
Date: 10/04/2012
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: The left side steps used to access the Cat 990 Loader located in the pit area was broke off below the top step. This condition exposes miners to fall hazard.
Action: The step was replaced.
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Section: 56.4601
Date: 09/05/2012
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: A grease gun containing a tube of grease and a five gallon pail of oil was in the truck bed of the Ford F-250 truck with a stored oxygen tank. Should a occur miners are exposed to burn type injuries.(As written in citation) Miners in the area were exposed to injury associated with fire or projectile injury.
Action: The operator removed the grease and oil
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Section: 56.11001
Date: 03/30/2012
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: Safe access was not maintained for accessing the torches on the International service truck. The walkway behind the cab of the truck had an air hose and chain laying in the walkway and footprints were observed on them. These objects had been traveled on and over earlier in the shift for turning on the torch. This exposes a miner to the hazard of tripping and falling on or completly off of the truck with this work practice continuing with normal mining operations resulting in sprains or strains
Action: The walkway was cleaned terminating this citation.
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Section: 56.17001
Date: 02/07/2012
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: Sufficient illumination is not being provided for the plantman at this operation. The plantman was observed on the walkway of the impact breaker drive motor with only a small flashlight and must maneuver around the plant to start and service equipment before start up. The ground here is also uneven and covered with unconsolidated materials. This condition exposes the plantman to the hazard of tripping and falling resulting in serious injuries.
Action: Phone conference
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Section: 56.6100a
Date: 01/12/2012
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: Detonators were being stored in the same magazine with other explosive material. The magazine has one door with two locks when door is open accesses is open to both, explosive materials and detonators separated by hard wood as in a powder chest(day box). But this is used as a magazine not a day box. Is not emptied at end of the shift. This condition exposes miners to the hazard of an unexpected explosion. Result in injuries to the miners.
Action: The explosive supplier removed the material from the mine site,terminating this citation.
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Section: 56.4101
Date: 01/04/2012
Negligence: Low
District: SC
Condition: There were no readily visible signs prohibiting smoking and open flames posted at or near the hydraulic storage tank on the short head cone crusher #30 to warn employees of the hazard. The lack of a warning sign to notify persons of the hazard could lead to a fire/burn incident.
Action: [None stated on citation]
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Section: 56.1000
Date: 08/25/2011
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The mine operator failed to notify MSHA of closure of mining activities at this mine site. The overburden stripping crew and equipment which was operating at this site has been relocated to another mine site. MSHA was notified the plant on site was shutdown on November 22, 2010 and that stripping of overburden commenced on January 07, 2011 at this site. The stripping crew ceased mining activities at this site on March 2, 2011 and no other mining activities are ongoing at this site at this time.
Action: MSHA was verbally notified that the stripping crew was relocated and that no mining activities were on going at this site terminating the cited condition.
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 06/27/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The existing guard for the overhead furnace fan in the breakroom building is not adequate to prevent contact with the fan blades. The existing guard has openings approximately 2 to 3 inches wide and 6 inches long. The fan is located on the back of the furnace approximately 75 inches above the floor. The location of the furnace in the southeast corner of the breakroom and the location of the fan on the back side of the furnace make contact unlikely. This condition exposes miners to cuts, bruises and/or broken bones associated with contacting the rotating fan blades. The condition was not open or obvious because of the location. The mine operator was unaware of the condition.
Action: The operator provided an adequate guard for the-furnace fan in the breakroom.
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Section: 56.14100b
Date: 06/27/2011
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The stop/brake lights provided on the Cat 988 F front end loader S/N 8YG----- are not functional at this time. The front end loader is operating in the pit area of the mine loading material into the primary crusher. Two other haul trucks are operating in the pit area to access load out bins on the north side of the crushing plant. This exposes a person operating the other mobile equipment to the hazard of not being alerted to the front end loader stopping causing a collision which could result in strain or sprain injuries.
Action: Fixed the brake lights.
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Section: 56.13011
Date: 06/24/2011
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The operator had an air pressure tank with a pressure gauge that was located along an air line past a gate valve. This gauge could not continuously give an accurate reading of the pressure within the tank should the gate valve be closed. At that point when this gate valve is closed the gauge would only be reading the pressure with the air line. A miner not knowing what the accurate air pressure is within the tank could have it rupture resulting in lost work days or restricted duty type injuries. Miner have an outside source check the air compressor unit for safety and did not notice the discrepancy.
Action: The operator placed a properly functioning gauge on the end of the tank which will give continuously correct reading of the pressure within the unit.
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Section: 46.9b2
Date: 04/29/2011
Negligence: Low
District: SC
Condition: The records for the most recent annual refresher training completed on xx/xx/2011 did not indicate the type (Part 46) or time duration (8 hours) on the 5000-23 form. This is a records violation and has no gravity.
Action: The required information was added to the training form.
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Section: 56.14100c / 56.14132a / 56.14101a2 / 56.14100c
Date: 04/28/2011
Negligence: High
District: NC
Condition: Citation #1 The brake lights on the Fiatallis FC 85 was not functional at time of inspection, This condition exposes operator of other equipment to the hazard of not having a warning when the grader makes sudden stops. which could result in injuries to both operators. Citation #2 The horn nor the back up alarm was working on the Fiatallis FC 85 road grader. This condition give no warning to other equipment or miners in the area. this condition exposes miners to the hazards of be run into. Citation #3 The parking brake on the Fiatallis FC 85 road grader used to grade road ways on the mine site was not functional at time of inspection. This condition exposes the operator of the hazard of the brakes not holding in the event of an emergency. Citation #4 The tie rod end on the left side of the Fiatallis FC 85 road grader had movement by hand of 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch up and down. This condition exposes the operator to the hazard of loosing control of the grader, causing injury to the operator.
Action: Removed Fiatallis FC 85 from site.
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 04/21/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: Guarding was not provided for the Snubbers on each side of the screen. Two Snubbers on each side vibrate during Scalper Screen operation creating a pinch point between the snub and bracket. The Snubbers are positioned low on the screen side and there isn't any maintenance activities performed near the unguarded parts making an accident unlikely. Should a miner contact the moving machine part it would result in lacerations, contusions and/or fractured bone injuries.
Action: The snubber brackets were removed.
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Section: 56.14206b
Date: 04/19/2011
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The Komatsu 155 AX dozer ripper attachment was left in the raised position, not blocked or secured and unattended. The point of the ripper shank was about 4 inches above the ground. Unexpected lowering of the ripper assembly can result in impact type injuries to body parts involved. Miners have not travel in the area of the ripper during normal mining operations. This condition was not open and obvious as the tip of the ripper was close to the ground and there was grass and weeds around it.
Action: The ripper attachment was lowered to ground level.
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Section: 56.18010
Date: 04/18/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: No one at the mine site is currently trained in first aid. The last training received expired in February 2010. This exposes a person to the hazard of not properly assessing the injury.
Action: None listed
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Section: 56.14101a2
Date: 04/12/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: The parking brake on the Euc R35 haul truck (unit #005) that hauls from the plant to the stockpile area would not hold on the maximum grade it traveled. This condition exposes miners to a hazard of unexpected movement of equipment.
Action: The parking brake has been repaired. This citation is hereby terminated
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Section: 56.15001
Date: 04/12/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: The battery charging area near the center of the shop did not have water or neutralizing agent available. This condition creates a hazard of not being able to immediately flush or wash off corrosive materials.
Action: A neutralizing agent was put near the battery charging area. This citation is hereby terminated.
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Section: 56.4501
Date: 04/05/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The fuel lines on the diesel tank located on the fuel tank to the portable four inch John Deere Pump, ID 979, was not equipped with valves to stop the flow of fuel at the source. Without a shut off valve on the tank, if there was a leak during a malfunction, this condition could cause fire hazards. This condition exposes miners to burn and smoke inhalation type injuries. The tanks were 55 gallon and used on an as needed basis to remove water from the pit area. The manager was not aware of the standard.
Action: A shut—off valve was installed on the diesel tank capable of stopping the flow of fuel at the source.
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Section: 56.14205
Date: 04/05/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The bench grinder located in the tool area of the small shop was being used beyond the design capacity of the manufacturer as the grinder did not have a safety flange on the grinding wheel. This condition exposes miners to the hazards from the grinding wheel shattering. The grinding wheel was in good condition and had a peripheral food of 270 degrees. The grinding wheel is used as needed for plant repairs. Management did not know that the condition existed.
Action: The stationary grinder was removed from service and removed from the shop.
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Section: 56.14115c
Date: 04/05/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The bench grinder located in the tool section of the small shop had no safety washer on one side of the grinding wheel. This condition exposes miners to the hazards from an exploding grinding wheel. The grinding wheel was in good condition and had a peripheral food of 270 degrees. The grinding wheel is used as needed for plant repairs. Management did not know that the condition existed.
Action: The stationary grinder was removed from service and removed from the shop.
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 02/21/2011
Negligence: High
District:
Condition: A return roller was found not guarded. This was on the Scalper Screen under conveyor. The roller was near 63 inches wide and 74 inches above the ground. This was a large area under the #90-037 Simplicity screen that one could easily walk underneath. Usually one miner would clean up around this area daily on a shift. Clean up duties are performed by a skid steer loader that has other clean up attachments to more effectiviely clean under the equipment. This condition creates a potential entanglement hazard to the miner. Note: This plant was last operated during Sepember, 2010.
Action: An adequate return roller guard was installed in the effected area.
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Section: 56.18002a
Date: 02/18/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: W
Condition: The D-1 crane was found to have an accumulation of excessive clinker dust in the operator's compartment. This dust is being constantly moved about the cab of the crane by a circulating fan. The competent person that the mine operator has designated to conduct the examination of working places is not recognizing to potential health issues that miners are exposed to while operation the D-1 crane. Continues breathing of any dust has a high potential to cause disabling health issues. The company has provided means to clean out the operator's work place. Training has been given but it may be lacking the facts that no dust is good for any body to breath. Would the competent person allow their loved ones to be exposed to such health and safety issues? Photos taken. The company's miners have vacuumed out the cab of the crane operator's work place. The task still needs further attention. The vacuum may have clogged. The floor board and ledges of the cab still has dust that has not been removed. This fine dust that remains in the cab shall be removed and the circulation fan and filters will need servicing. The competent person designated to conduct the examination will need additional training. This area shall be checked and documented that the check was done on each shift. The door seals shall be checked to assure that they are sealing to prevent clinker dust from entering the cab when the door is closed. The lighting in the cab may need to be brighter to see the condition of the cab upon examination of the working place. This citation is here-by extended to the 02/21/2011 15:30 hours.
Action: (none indicated)
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Section: 56.14207
Date: 02/15/2011
Negligence: High
District: NE
Condition: The foreman who is operating the #40608 Chevy 1500 pick up truck failed to set the parking brake when unattended. The hazard is the truck moving when unattended. This truck parks on level ground and has a automatic transmission. The foreman said he was in the spring thaw when the rules to live by were discussed. Foreman XXXXXXXXXX engaged in aggravated conduct constituting more than ordinary negligence in that he is a foreman and knows the standards. This violation is an unwarrantable to comply with a mandatory standard.
Action: none listed
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 02/15/2011
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The underside of the primary field conveyor #2 located in the pit had the underside of the self cleaning tail pulley unguarded from contact. The distance from the guard on the side to grade measured about 27". The self cleaning tail pulley was about 11" above the bottom of the guard on the side. No miners are on foot around the plant while the plant is in operation. Cleaning is done from the underside of the pulley with a skid steer and attachment. This condition exposes miners to permanently disabling entanglement type injuries. The condition was not recognized as a hazard by mine management. The condition has existed for some time and has been accepted by MSHA in the past.
Action: (none indicated)
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Section: 56.4401
Date: 02/15/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: The 300 gallon gasoline storage tank at the fuel station is not securely mounted on a firm foundation. This tank is approx. 6' above the ground on a metal stand that is not attached to anything. This tank sways with slight effort when pushed by hand and could easily be knocked over if struck by mobile equipment. A fire or explosion hazard exists should an incident occur. This area is used to power wash mobile equipment and for parking.
Action: (None indicated)
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Section: 56.11016
Date: 02/15/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: Snow on the walkway to the pit pump control box was not removed, nor was sand or salt applied to the walkway in a timely manner. Miners using the walkway are exposed to slip and fall hazards and associated injuries. There were foot prints in the snow and miners access the control box daily to start and stop the pit pump as part of normal mining activities. Mine operator indicated being familiar with the standard but notice this condition due to the remote location of the control box.
Action: The snow was removed from the walkway to the pit pump control box.
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Section: 56.14107
Date: 02/15/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The existing guard for the self cleaning tail pulley for the lime field conveyor did not extend down far enough to prevent contact with the tail pulley from the sides and/or rear. The existing guard was approximately 34 inches above the ground. The tail pulley was approximately 8 inches in from bottom of the rear guard. The exposed area was approximately 31 inches long on the sides and 39 inches long back. Contact with rotating components would result in entanglement injuries of body parts involved. Miners do not normally work in this area when conveyor is in operation. Clean up is done with skid loader. The mine operator indicated not recognizing the hazard and believed the existing guard was adequate.
Action: The mine operator fabricated and installed a guard to cover the bottom area of the tail pulley.
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Section: 56.11016
Date: 02/15/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: Snow on the walkway and stairs used as the east entrance to the primary crusher MCC trailer was not removed, nor was sand or salt applied to the walkway and stairs in a timely manner. There was snow covering the bottom step and about 2 inches of snow on top of the second step. Miners using the walkway and stairs are exposed to slip and fall hazards and associated injuries. There were foot prints the snow and miners access the MCC trailer thru the east entrance daily to start and stop the crusher and field conveyors as part of normal mining activities. Mine operator indicated not recognizing the hazard of miners accessing the MCC trailer thru the snow.
Action: The snow was removed from the walkway and stairs used as the east entrance to the primary crusher MCC trailer.
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Section: 56.20008b
Date: 02/14/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: The door for the portable toilet does not lock from the inside. This toilet is located beside the control booth for the secondary plant.
Action: The door is now capable of being locked from the inside.
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Section: 56.3606a
Date: 02/11/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: the blast site was not posted with warning signs. This creates the hazard of unauthorizes persons accessing an active blast site.
Action: signs will be posted
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Section: 56.13001
Date: 02/11/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: The approx. 8 gallon portable air tank did not have a [ASME] American Society of Mechanical Engineers certification stamp on it. This condition creates a hazard of rupture of a pressure vessel to the miner.
Action: tank was removed from mine site
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Section: 56.11005
Date: 02/11/2011
Negligence: Low
District: SC
Condition: The right front fixed access on the CAT 773F, company number 282513, was not provided with three inches of toe clearance. The ladder had been bent into the bumper decreasing the amount of toe clearance. This condition creates a fall hazard to the miner when ascending or descending the ladder. One miner was operating the truck at the time of inspection.
Action: The ladder brackets were straightened and the ladder now has sufficient toe clearance.
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Section: 46.9h
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: There were no certificates of task training for review at this mine for any of the currently emloyed miners. The operator has had recent Part 46 training certificates available for review but no task training. The operator stated the training was being done but the person in charge of safety has left the mine and the current staff could not find the task training records.
Action: Operator provided task training certificates of all currently employed miners.
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Section: 56.12028
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The mine operator was unable to produce current documentation that the continuity and resistance test of their electrical system had been conducted with the specified time. The last known test was on July 2009. Miners working around this area were exposed to the possibility of shock if a ground fault condition were to go undetected. The vast majority of the plant is subjected to heavy vibration and weather.
Action: A test of the plants electrical system was done on 10/30/2010.
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Section: 46.12a2
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The mine operator did not provide information to a contractor working on site of their obligations to comply with including Part 46 training requirements and regulations under the 30CFR. Contractor on site was cited for training and fall protection not being used.
Action: A discussion with the operator of his obligations under part 46.12a2 to tell the contractors that come on site of the rules for training and the regulations of the 30CFR.
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Section: 46.11b4
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: High
District:
Condition: A contractor [Contractor Name Here] was allowed to have truck drivers on the mine site that did not have site specific hazard awareness training. The truck drivers were on site to get loaded with fill material at the NO. 3 pit. The lack of training exposed truck drivers to an increased risk of injury by not knowing the hazards in this area of the mine. This is a not high mobile equipment area.
Action: Site Specific Hazard training was given to the truck drivers.
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Section: 56.14112a1
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The guard for the tailpulley on the No. 2 feed conveyor was not being maintained. The guard had fell off the self cleaning tailpulley exposing the moving machine parts. The tail pulley is approximately 68" off the ground under the No. 1 screen deck. Miners working in this area were exposed to the possibility of injury, from entanglement hazards. This area is accessed by miners for maintenance and repair on an needed basis.
Action: A metal mesh guard was installed around the entire tailpiece of the No. 2 feed conveyor.
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Section: 56.12008
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: The energized conductor cable, providing 480 volt three phase power for the No. 2 Screen feed conveyor was found to have slipped from its strain relief bushing. The only means of support was the inner termination points inside the motor junction box. In the event of strain on these terminations a fault may occur with harmful voltages present. High temperature arcing may also occur. Miners are in this area on an as needed basis and could receive a shock or burn requiring medical attention.
Action: The 480V wiring for the No. 2 screen box was reinstalled back into its proper bushing.
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Low
District:
Condition: The feed conveyor was not provided with a proper guard to cover the moving machine parts of the tail pulley. The operator had plastic fence for an area guard at the entrance of the surge tunnel. The conveyor tail pulley was located approximately 20" above the floor in this confined area under the surge tunnel. Persons working or traveling in the area could accidentally contact the moving machine part resulting in crushing of bones or amputation injuries. Miners clean the area when the plant is down.
Action: A metal mesh guard was installed covering the moving machine parts of the return roller of the feed conveyor.
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: A return roller at the entrance of the surge tunnel, on the feed conveyor was not provided with a guard covering the pinch point of the moving machine part. The return roller is approximately 54" above the bottom and foot prints were seen under and around the return roller. The return roller was located at a level were a miner could easily contact the moving machine part. This hazard will cause bruising, crushing, and amputation injuries to a miner traveling or working in this area if he/she would contact the moving machine part pinch point.
Action: A metal mesh guard was installed covering the return roller on the feed conveyor.
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Section: 56.4200b2
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: High
District:
Condition: There was no fire extinguisher readily available on the Caterpillar 215 Excavator in case of fire. The equipment operator has a quick escape route. The miner was exposed to a potential burns from a fire. There was a fire extinquisher approximately 500' away in the operator's dragline.
Action: The Caterpillar excavator was taken off the mine site by the operator. But if this standard is cited (56.4200b2) by MSHA on the same excavator it could be considered more than ordinary negligence.
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Section: 57.20014
Date: 11/23/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: Toxic materials and chemicals are being stored in the kitchen and the Mine Managers Office at the mine. A bottle of Clorox bleach was stored against the coffee pot in the Mine Managers Office and a stain remover (GooGone) and a box of insect foggers were stored under the sink area adjacent to the refrigerator in the kitchen area of the scale house. These areas are accessed daily by mine personnel. This exposes the miner to the hazard of inadvertently ingesting toxic materials which could result in injuries.
Action: Moved the bleach.
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Section: 56.11001
Date: 11/08/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: Safe means of access is not provided for the west end of the walkway on the north side of the Simplicity screen. The drive motor for the Simplicity screen extends across the walkway and miners are accessing the west end of the walkway by stepping over the drive motor. The drive motor is approximately 17 inches high. It is approximately 43 inches from the east side of the north walkway to the west side of the walkway. The motor mount is approximately 24 inches across. There is a tension bolt approximately 6 inches high on the west side of the motor mount. This condition presents a slip, trip or fall hazard. Miner stated the motor is stepped over approximately 1 time every 4 months for changing screens. This condition exposes miners to cuts, bruises, strains, sprains and/or broken bones associated with a fall. The mine operator did not recognize the hazard of stepping across the motor. The condition has existed for a long period of time.
Action: The mine operator provided safe access for the west end of the walkway by installing a step for crossing over the drive motor.
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Section: 56.12004
Date: 11/05/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: During inspection of the shop building Lincoln Idealarc 250 located at the west wall an electrical conductor was found with no mechanical protection. The stinger end protection had been damaged to the point of exposing bare metal around the tip for an area of approximately 2 inches high x 4 inches long. The approximately 80 - 90 no load voltages expose miners to an electrical shock and burn injury should the condition continue. Employees use the welder/stinger on an as needed basis. The cable was not connected to the welder at the time of discovery.
Action: The operator replaced the damaged stinger
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Section: 46.9b3
Date: 10/26/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The mine name is not properly documented on the 5 annual refresher training records reviewed for this site. The company name is documented instead. This standard requires the mine name and not the company name.
Action: None
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 09/08/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The snubber stabilizers on the Deister 6x20 screen were not guarded to prevent contact. The unguarded area was 8 inches wide 12 inches high 12 inches from the walkway and was 48 inches above the metal graded floor. This condition exposes miner working or traveling in the area to lost workday/restricted duty type hazards. Miners and mine management have continuous access to this area daily as part of continued mining operations. This condition had not been detected as a hazard and reported on the area exam by the miner who did the exam.
Action: The snubber stabilizers on the Deister 6x20 screen are now guarded to prevent contact.
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Section: 56.14131c
Date: 08/30/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The operator's seat in the Euclid R85 haul truck, was not properly tetered. The seat had been replaced with an air ride seat and the tethers that were on the old seat were not installed on the new seat. The tethers maintain the seats position inside the operators cab in the event of a roll over or collision type accident. Should the haul truck roll over or be involved in a collision type accident a miner could receive fatal bone crushing injuries. The terrain where the haul truck is used does have steep grades, and the truck is exposed to customer trucks and other large mobile equipment. The mine operator stated that he was not aware that the new seats needed tether straps.
Action: The haul truck was provided with a new tether.
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Section: 56.14100a
Date: 08/18/2010
Negligence: High
District: NC
Condition: An adequate pre-operational inspection of the haul-truck was not being perfomed before being placed in operation. This was discovered during a routine safety inspection of the truck. The equipment operator did not know how to check the emergency steering. The company inspection party was also unaware of the operating procedures. After review of the operating manual and troubleshooting, the mechanic discovered that the truck had an accumulator, and the unit was defective. The mine operator is responsible to maintain and check operation of important safety features such as the steering. Equipment: Euclid R40C Haul-Truck
Action: All safety devices are being checked.
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Section: 45.4b
Date: 06/24/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The mine operator failed to keep a contractors list maintained at the mine site. It is the operators responsibility to maintain a list of all contractors that work on site at any given time.
Action: A list of all contractors was compiled by the scale operator.
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Section: 56.14205
Date: 06/16/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The Milwaukee lhp bench grinder tongue guard was set over the 1/4 inch from the grinding wheel. The Left grinding wheel was set at 1 1/4 inch and the left grinding wheel was set at 1 inch from the grinding wheel. The grinding wheel has some wear in the center of the wheels but still had life left on each wheel. The expected injury would be cuts and hazard would be fragments from a broken wheel. Location welding shop.
Action: The tongue guard was adjusted
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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 06/08/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: The Rainhart Co. laboratory sifter located in the QC lab room did not have the 1/3 hp Dayton motor belt drive guarded from contact. The belt drive was 44" from grade with an opening 14" wide by 15" high on the back side of the unit. The back of the unit was facing the corner. A miner accesses the lab once a week to run samples. This condition exposes miners to lost workday/restricted duty type injuries. The mine operator was aware of the hazard.
Action: None suggested on the citation/order. A guard has been installed.
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Section: 57.14107(a)
Date: 06/02/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: A guard was not provided for the belt drive system of the secondary crusher. The belt drive operates at a high rate of speed with 300 hp electric motor. The drive system is located 11 feet 4 inches above the ground with a elevated travel way that could be access with ladders in the area. This exposes a miner to the hazard of accidentally contacting moving machine parts. The termination due date is extended to allow time for the mine operator to order the required steel to guard the drive system on the basis that is are is not accessed except for when the area is lock and tag out in accordance with company policy.
Action: The area will be guarded or taken down.
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Section: 56.14100b
Date: 06/02/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: Tongue guards were missing on both grinders in the shop. The threaded mounting holes, manufacturer installed, were over the wheels and easily visible on the Baldor grinder. This safety device contains flying fragments should the wheel break apart during operation. A prominent groove could be seen in the side of the wheel indicating each of the wheels had been used for grinding. This practice is dangerous and increases the likelihood that the high speed wheel will break apart causing serious injuries from the flying fragments. A grinder is used about once per week by employees.
Action: The tongue guard was installed on the Dayton grinder. The Baldor grinder has been removed from service.
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Section: 56.14100b
Date: 04/06/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: SC
Condition: The nuetral safety switch on the #389 Ford F-350 service truck did not function properly when tested. This condition exposes the miner to the hazard of being able to start the truck while the transmission is in gear and the clutch not depressed. 11-2-09 - 7000-3a - 1. Subsequent Action - Upon further review and research it has been determined that this piece of equipment is available to other miners. This changes the likelihood from unlikely to reasonably likely. And the S&S from no to yes.
Action: The switch was replaced and functioned properly when tested.
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Section: 56.12047
Date: 03/30/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NE
Condition: The guy wire supporting the high voltage transmission lines and transformers (12,500 volts) was not insulated to meet the requirements for grounding or insulator protection of the National Electric Code. The high voltage lines supplied power to the primary crushing plant and was located adjacent the main road into the plant. Fatal injuries would be expected in the event an employee were to contact guy wire energized with 12,500 volts (Photographed)
Action: The guy wire was grounded below the transformers.
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Section: 56.4402
Date: 03/18/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District:
Condition: A red five gallon safety can was not labeled to indicate its contents.
Action: The safety can contained approximately 4 1/2 gallons of gasoline and was labeled to indicate its contents.
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Section: 56.12004
Date: 03/15/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: Electrical conductors exposed to mechanical damage shall be protected. The 480 volt power cable for the C-ll conveyor was worn through in two areas exposing the copper conductors. The worn areas measured approximately 3/4" long each, with a total of 3 conductors insulation that was cut through to copper. The cable was located approximately 52” high from ground level and approximately 48" from a ladder used to access the catwalk for the C-1l conveyor. This area is accessed 1 time per week when the plant is running to grease. Should a miner contact the 480 volt exposed copper conductors, harmful voltages would be imposed on the miner. The plant was last run on 06/15/2009, with this condition present at the time.
Action: The 480 volt power cable for the C-l1 conveyor was repaired then wrapped several times with electrical tape.
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Section: 30 CFR 56.6306f3
Date: 02/26/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: Access to the blasting site was not guarded during the evacuation procedure to prevent passage of unauthorized persons or vehicles from nearing the blasting zone and the radio communication failed to account for all entry points blocking traffic prior to detonating the shot. From the north gate an over-the-road truck drove by the gate where taffic should have been contained. A front-end loader on the road to block traffic, left the post. The communications checker failed to contact the north gate prior to allowing blasters to detonate the shot. The north gate employee did not have an opportunity to announce the roadway was finally blocked off and all accounted for, as one contract worker was not immediately accounted for. The hazard is an unahuthorized person within the blasting zone during detonation causing fatal injury.
Action: Safety discussions were held on evacuation procedures during blasting.
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Section: 30 CFR 56.9314
Date: 02/26/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: The concrete sand stockpile was not trimmed to prevent a hazard to persons at the plant. Loose unconsolidated material was located at the top approximate 30 feet of the estimated 60 foot high stockpile. The hazard is the material suddenly releasing, falling, and burying the front end loader, or customer over-the-road trucks loading at the base of the stockpile. The caterpillar 980G front end loader was laoding 12-15 trucks per hour.
Action: A dozer pushed the top material on the stockpile.
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Section: 30 CFR 56.20002c
Date: 02/26/2010
Negligence: Moderate
District: NC
Condition: There were no single service drinking cups provided at the potable water cooler in the shop building. Three full water bottle containers were available for the water cooler. Maintenance is conducted in the shop as needed to work on mobile equipmenet and the plant equipment. The hazard is not preventing water deficiency related illness.
Action: Drinking cups were provided at the water cooler in the shop.
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Section: 30CFR 56.11001
Date: 02/26/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: A safe means of access was not provided while servicing the articualting haul truck. A miner would leave the cab area and traverse a norrow walkway over the top of the fender to the engine compartment. The miner would then open the engine cover while standing on a 24" deck which narrow to 12" wide. He would check and fill fluids such as windshield washer, engine oil, and coolant. Muddy footprints could be seen on the deck. Nothing was being used to stop a fall. The miner was exposed to a 57" fall to the ground. The fall would result in severe strains, sprains, and broken bones. This was a routine practice normally done at the start of each shift.
Action: The miner is using fall protection. The railing system for the truck is being designed by the mine operator.
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Section: 30CFR 56.11027
Date: 02/26/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: Handrails were not provided on the WB1 motorized work boat. The boat is made of flat steel approximately 8' X 16'feet. The boat is used to transport miners to and from the dredge. It is also used as as work platform for maintenance around the dredge. When more than one miner rides the boat, they stand while being transported across the water. This is a daily practice at least once per shift. With no railings or other means of restraint, it is reasonably likely that a miner would fall onto the platform. As for a fall into the water, life jackets are being utilized. Life jackets can reduce the severity of injury
Action: Hand rail post were installed on the work boat with chains between them. The chains are fastened to eyebolts on these post. The chains have self closing snap hooks that allow miners to board the work boat.
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Section: 56.14205
Date: 02/24/2010
Negligence: Low
District:
Condition: On 08/17/2009 a miner was removing a bearing from the housing. Proper tool were not being used when removing the bearing, the miner was using a maul when striking the bearing a piece of the bearing chipped off striking the mine in the arm causing a laceration resulting in three stitches to close. A better tool to use would be the press.
Action: The miner now uses the press to remove bearings from the houseing, terminating this citation.
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Section: 56.12032
Date: 02/23/2010
Negligence: High
District: SC
Condition: Cover plate missing from 110v electrical wall outlet.
Action: Install cover plate.
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Section: 56.11001
Date: 02/12/2010
Negligence: High
District: NE
Condition: Safe access was not provided to the elevated platform of the motor base platform, of the portable plant. Three persons were working on the elevated platform of approx. 8' at this time, 1 was a contractor, 1 was a miner and the other person was the person listed on the Legal Idnetiy Report as the person in charge of safety and is listed as V.P./Owner of this mine. The only way for a person to access this elevated platform was to walk up a stairway with no handrails and it was under construction at this time or climbs a portable step ladder onto a platfrom with no handrails across that platform to an opening in handrails onto the platform in which they were working. None of the persons on the elevated platform had fall protection with them. If one of them would slipped (sic) while mounting or dismounting the elevated platform he would have recieved broken bones or a concussion in the fall of approximately 8' to the ground. If this condition would not have been correcte in a timely manner it would be reasonably likely that an accident would occure.
Action: The 3 persons removed themselves for(sic) the elevated platform
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Section: 56.11001
Date: 01/27/2010
Negligence: Low
District: NC
Condition: Hand rails were not provided for persons adding oil to the diesel engine on the CAT 325D excavator(rental company name omitted)rental #R79. The miners would stand on the elevated platform and open the hood to add oil without handrails provided to prevent persons from falling. The platform is approximatly 24 inches wide and was approximatly 7 feet above the ground level. Oil is added as needed in all weather condition exposing this miner to the hazard of falling to the ground below.
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