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Section: 56.12004
Date: 11/05/2010
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: During inspection of the shop building Lincoln Idealarc 250 located at the west wall an electrical conductor was found with no mechanical protection. The stinger end protection had been damaged to the point of exposing bare metal around the tip for an area of approximately 2 inches high x 4 inches long. The approximately 80 - 90 no load voltages expose miners to an electrical shock and burn injury should the condition continue. Employees use the welder/stinger on an as needed basis. The cable was not connected to the welder at the time of discovery.

Action to Terminate: The operator replaced the damaged stinger

Why this concerns you: The exposed jaws of the stinger present no more hazard than a welding electrode being held in the stinger jaws. The inspector staetes that the cable/stinger was not in use, and wasn't attached to the welder. Her assumption of "80 - 90 no load volts" is speculative because the voltage would be based on the amp setting on the welder, assuming the cable would be attached to the welder, and not discovered during a pre-shift exam of the welder/cable.

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