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Section: 56.14103c1
Date: 03/07/2014
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Reasonbly Likely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: Yes

Condition or Practice: There are two 10' long, 1/2 inch chains located under the operators seat in the Volvo 150 D front end loader. This condition exposes miners to the hazards of being struck by the chain during operation, and or the chain getting wedged under the break [sic]pedal preventing the operator to make a planned stop, suffering lost work days restricted duty type injuries. The break [sic] pedal is located no more than 11 inches from where the chains are being stored. Mine management states the chains were put inside the cab to prevent contact with the weather. Mine management was not aware of the standard.

Action to Terminate: The chains have been removed from the operators cab.

Why this concerns you: We've had chains in loaders since the early 60's and never had a problem. I'm concerned because they wrote the gravity "reasonably likely" and also made it "significant and substantial".

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