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Section: 56.20008b
Date: 02/14/2011
District: SC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: No Likelihood
Injury or illness could be expected to be: No Lost Workdays
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The door for the portable toilet does not lock from the inside. This toilet is located beside the control booth for the secondary plant.

Action to Terminate: The door is now capable of being locked from the inside.

Why this concerns you: I don't see how this affects the safety of miners at the workplace. I guess the point is that you need to study all the weird language that exists in the MSHA code of regulations for all the strange rules that you may get cited on.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

The standard wording states "can be locked from the inside" Looks like you're up $*#t creek with a citation and no paddles. MSHA is beyond looking for the easy stuff anymore. It's good to have a website like this to post the MSHA flavor of the day citations.
- posted on 02/14/2011

If both sexes hired at the mine have to access this toilet it would probably stand as a citation. Otherwise, the inspector was issuing bogus paper.
- posted on 02/18/2011

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