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Section: 56.11012
Date: 07/20/2017
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: On the Euclid R-35 haul truck #4 the drivers door would open all the way leaving an opening of about 36 inches past the provided rail. This exposes a miner to the hazard of falling through the unprotected opening which could result in a lost workdays or restricted duty type injury. The fall would be about 81 inches to the ground.

Action to Terminate: A chain was added to the door allowing about a 12 inch opening between the provided rail and the door when the door is opened.

Why this concerns you: What concerns us is that the inspector wrote 3 citations during the inspection on 3 of our haul trucks.
These trucks have been at this location since 1995 and had been inspected every inspection with no concern or violation of the manufacturer's engineered opening.
The door straps on all 3 trucks were in great shape, no tears, rips or stretching.
The inspector had the plant mechanic install a piece of chain to narrow the opening to suffice and terminate.
We left the manufacturers straps in the door as we would not want to become the manufacturer of the safety mechanism on the door.
There is no mandated or recommended measurement from the truck manufacturer on the doors recommended opening beyond the engineered safety door straps that were installed and that came with the trucks.
If this is a new concern by MSHA there should be fair notice to all operators and the manufacturer on this matter, as we are not the only quarry site with Euclid R-35 haul trucks.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

To be factually correct on this citation, the inspector did not direct the mechanic to install the chain, he instructed us to close/narrow the opening in some form, by use of a strap, chain or blocking device.
- posted on 07/21/2017

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