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Section: 56.14115c
Date: 04/05/2011
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: 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 to Terminate: The stationary grinder was removed from service and removed from the shop.

Why this concerns you: These safety washers are the paper-like discs attached to the sides of the grinding wheel and sandwiched between the wheel and the safety flange (large metal washer). They may fall off as the grinding wheel is used so check your wheels and discard any missing these washers.



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