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Section: 56.14100c
Date: 08/26/2016
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Permanantly Disabling
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: 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 to Terminate: The Rod Changer was found in the shop and installed on the Ingersoll Rand DM30 drill. Therefore terminating the cited condition.

Why this concerns you: Following our informal conference the citation was modified to another standard 56.7018 which addresses hand clearance issues while drilling. This standard in short states several circumstances in which the driller is prohibited from touching the drill steel, chuck, and centralizer. Our practice nor the cited condition involved our operator doing either. There is no pinch point within reach of the operator and the drill function is limited to lowering the steel it at no time is rotating where a miner might be exposed to moving machine parts. The assembly in question is an OPTION available on the drill specifically for angle drilling which we weren't doing it does not negate the need for the steel to be lined up.



Abatement Suggestions From Industry


Keep fighting through the contestment process. 7108 has two very specific things a miner cannot do (hold steel while collaring a hole, and rest their hands on the chuck or centralizer while drilling). Go to court, and prove your miner was doing neither of those.
- posted on 09/01/2016


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