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Section: 56.18002a
Date: 02/18/2011
District: W
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Reasonably Likely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Permanantly Disabling
Significant and Substantial: Yes

Condition or Practice: 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 to Terminate: (none indicated)

Why this concerns you: An S&S, permanently disabling injury from having dust in a crane cab. An inspector who believes that breathing ANY amount of dust has a high potential to cause disabling health issues. And an inspector who now sermonizes in their citation writing. If this citation stands by this logic, ANY amount of dust will be enough to draw an S&S citation.



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