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Section: 56.14112a1
Date: 02/09/2011
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Permanantly Disabling
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The guard for the tailpulley on the No. 2 feed conveyor was not being maintained. The guard had fell off the self cleaning tailpulley exposing the moving machine parts. The tail pulley is approximately 68" off the ground under the No. 1 screen deck. Miners working in this area were exposed to the possibility of injury, from entanglement hazards. This area is accessed by miners for maintenance and repair on an needed basis.

Action to Terminate: A metal mesh guard was installed around the entire tailpiece of the No. 2 feed conveyor.

Why this concerns you: We were already working on reworking the conveyors before this inspection. The employee responsible for letting the conveyors get in this shape had already been let go several months earlier. A government entity should support the people who are supporting them. We were not being negligent, we were in fact getting the plant up to standard. Was this citation No. 3 for the same machine?

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