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Section: 5614100c
Date: 09/26/2013
District: SE
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 three windshield wipers provided on the Caterpillar 120G Road Grader company #16025 were not being maintained in a functional condition. The switches were turned on for the upper wiper and the two lower wipers and the wipers did not function. The Road Grader is used as needed to maintain the haul roads in the pit area of the mine and is operated by one miner. This condition exposes a miner to a lost workday injury by not being able to remove rain and other debris from the front windows during use.
Standard 56.14100c was cited 3 times in two years at mine 3100564 (2 to the operator, 1 to a contractor).

Action to Terminate: The three windshield wipers provided for the Caterpillar 120G Road Grader company #16025 now function. This citation is terminated.

Why this concerns you: First, the grader had not been operated during that shift and had to be pre-shifted before being put into operation. The defective wipers were found on the pre-shift and were repaired in a timely manner, in accordance with the MSHA standards. Secondly, it was a clear day with no rain predicted. It was not a safety defect, and, if it did begin to rain, the operator would have parked the grader at the time that the rain began and would not have operated the grader until the wipers were fixed.

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