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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 09/06/2013
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 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 to Terminate: 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.

Why this concerns you: The violation is clear, and there is no argument there, but the inspector, though he said that he could not tell us what to do with the grinder, seemed unaccepting of any action short of destroying the grinder. When told that it could be taken out of service or removed from the property, the inspector hesitated to write any termination action, until our local superintendent agreed to destroy the mechanic's personal tool and purchase him a new one. The inspector plainly stated that he could not tell us what to do with the grinder, but he gave the impression that destruction of the grinder was what he expected, leading us to the question of what legal action is actually required to terminate a citation. Whether it be taking something out of service by tagging it out, removal from the property, or destruction of the tool or piece of equipment.

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