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Section: 56.17001
Date: 01/29/2015
District: SE
Negligence: Low
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: Illumination was not sufficient in the truck silo elevator and the clinker silo elevator each elevator had only one light functioning. If the one light went out the elevator operator would not have the safe working illuminations conditions required to see what controls to operate or use emergency equipment if needed. The elevators are operated day and night by miners and contractors.

Action to Terminate: none given

Why this concerns you: These elevators have only one light, as originally installed. They have not been cited over the 30 years of previous inspections. Now, however, the lack of a secondary light source (which would have to be powered on a separate system) is citable? Two circuits would be required, because two lights on the same circuit would both go out at the same time, if power were lost. It makes one wonder what citations would be issued should power be cut to the plant, and other lights went out. Lastly, what possible injury could result from standing in a small metal cube and having someone switch off the light?

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

A follow up to my previous comment - I contested this citation to the District and presented my case that the inspector did not test the illumination factor present; long story short, citation vacated. In addition, I spoke with the Knoxville Field Office Supervisor and he stated that this citation should not have been written.
- posted on 07/07/2015

We were cited for the same thing; improper illumination in our elevators. We were told that elevator illumination is being pushed by the Knoxville office due to one of the people from the district seeing a ANSI rule that states all elevators must have two lights. We actually had to modify one of our elevators to put a light in - it had been designed with only one light.
- posted on 02/17/2015

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