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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Low
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Permanantly Disabling
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The feed conveyor was not provided with a proper guard to cover the moving machine parts of the tail pulley. The operator had plastic fence for an area guard at the entrance of the surge tunnel. The conveyor tail pulley was located approximately 20" above the floor in this confined area under the surge tunnel. Persons working or traveling in the area could accidentally contact the moving machine part resulting in crushing of bones or amputation injuries. Miners clean the area when the plant is down.

Action to Terminate: A metal mesh guard was installed covering the moving machine parts of the return roller of the feed conveyor.

Why this concerns you: The plastic fence had always been approved of before. This is a government agency being paid for by tax payers like us. They should be there to help business not try to put them out of business with excessive fines. Something like this should have been explained in regaurd to the changes and not given a fine for.

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