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Section: 56.14132a
Date: 12/20/2013
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 audible warning device, the tilt alarm on the JLG 860 SJ man lift was not being maintained in a functional condition. The man lift when moved to an incline the light on the tilt mechanism would flash but a person could not see it because of the bright sun light. The tilt alarm would not sound as the equipment's manual says it should when it is at an angle. The absence of a functional tilt alarm exposes a person to a possible tilting hazard.

Action to Terminate: The man lift was removed from the mine site.

Why this concerns you: Certified operators from JLG came to the mine site and tested the tilt alarm on the man lift. When they tested the alarm that same day shortly after the citation had been given, the tilt alarm sounded and the operators from JLG found no faults to the man lift. Explanation was given to the MSHA inspector but a citation was still issued. This concerns me because we have MSHA inspectors writing citations on equipment in which they may not have full understanding on the functions and operation of specific pieces of equipment. In this case, the MSHA inspector saw this man lift as being dangerous because the audio warning systems had not been working correctly, but in reality, the man lift had been in a fully functioning state. Due to the lack of operational knowledge on the JLG 860 man lift tilt alarm, citations are mistakenly being given to MSHA compliant mine operators.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

I would ask to see the inspectors task training on that particular model of man-lift(FOIA). That would hopefully serve as the inspectors lack of knowledge of that piece of equipment to help fight this citation.
- posted on 01/23/2014

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