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Section: 56.14116b
Date: 09/26/2013
District: SE
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Permanantly Disabling
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: 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 to Terminate: chain saw was removed from property.

Why this concerns you: The inspector demanded that a written statement be made by the mine operator to verify that the chain saw had been removed from the property and would not be returned to this or any other mine owned by the operator.
But, more importantly, in discussion with the inspector and his supervisor, during the conferencing process, it was explained that the Stihl chain saw inter-lock was not the same as a trigger locking device. The inter-lock allows you to start the motor without engaging the blade, and, if you did engage the blade by tripping the chain brake, the engine would flood out with the inter-lock on. The problem is that MSHA would not accept the difference between a trigger locking device and a trigger inter-locking device, as explained in the operator's manual.



Abatement Suggestions From Industry


This citation has now been vacated following further review and demonstration of the inter-locking device vs a trigger-locking device on the chain saw. The District was involved in the explanation and demonstration of the chain saw, and the citation was vacated "due to further information provided"
- posted on 11/27/2013


We've been through this also. Standard says, "Shall not be operated in the locked position". Not that it cannot be on mine property. This is not a violation unless the trigger lock is being used.
- posted on 10/08/2014


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