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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 09/08/2010
District: NC
Negligence: Low
Injury or Illness: Reasonably Likely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: Yes

Condition or Practice: The snubber stabilizers on the Deister 6x20 screen were not guarded to prevent contact. The unguarded area was 8 inches wide 12 inches high 12 inches from the walkway and was 48 inches above the metal graded floor. This condition exposes miner working or traveling in the area to lost workday/restricted duty type hazards. Miners and mine management have continuous access to this area daily as part of continued mining operations. This condition had not been detected as a hazard and reported on the area exam by the miner who did the exam.

Action to Terminate: The snubber stabilizers on the Deister 6x20 screen are now guarded to prevent contact.

Why this concerns you: Snubbers are a common item on screens in aggregate facilities. These devices have been present for years in their current condition without citations being written. I am afraid that since the screen spring citations did not hold up, MSHA has shifted focus onto an alternate component.

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