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Section: 56.12004
Date: 05/21/2015
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: The conduit containing the conductors that supplied the 240v power to the 6A
conveyor motor was corroded exposing the inner conductors to mechanical
damage. There was approximately 18 foot of corroded conduit. There was a 6
inch by 6 inch junction box near the tail pulley supported by the corroded
conduit that had the bottom half missing presenting the possibility of the
inner conductors resting on the angle iron support. The area is accessed daily
during production for inspection and clean up purposes. Employees were exposed
to the possibility of injury from shock/fire should the inner conductors
become damaged. No bare copper wire was observed. The mine operator was not
informed of the condition.

Action to Terminate: The mine operator had the corroded conduit replaced with new
conduit and fittings.

Why this concerns you: Be further advised that with respect to citation 8841971 I wish to explain why I not
only don't see this as significant and substantial, but not even a citation. This should
have been a suggestion for us to fix before firing up the plant. This particular issue
absolutely could have been either caused or accelerated as a result of the harsh
winter conditions. No miners life has been put in danger as a result of this issue and
I know that we would have caught this. With a plant that has pieces of equipment as
old as this one we often see issues like this in the spring of the year that need to be
addressed. We were not afforded that opportunity. And certainly this is not
Significant and Substantial when we didn't have that chance and no one was
exposed to it.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

My only comment/question is? Was the plant up and running in a production mode at the time of the inspection? If so, you should have done a proper workplace examination of the equipment and wiring. The only leg you have to stand on to appeal these, is if the plant had not produced any material yet this season and was still locked and tagged out from over the winter shut-down.
- posted on 06/01/2015

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