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Section: 56.4200b2
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: High
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: There was no fire extinguisher readily available on the Caterpillar 215 Excavator in case of fire. The equipment operator has a quick escape route. The miner was exposed to a potential burns from a fire. There was a fire extinquisher approximately 500' away in the operator's dragline.

Action to Terminate: The Caterpillar excavator was taken off the mine site by the operator. But if this standard is cited (56.4200b2) by MSHA on the same excavator it could be considered more than ordinary negligence.

Why this concerns you: The Cat excavator was being stored on this site and not being used for mining. The fire extinguisher company had removed the extinguisher and forgotten to return it. If we had been using it, the operator would have noticed it missing during start up inspection.

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