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Section: 56.11016
Date: 02/15/2011
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Reasonably Likely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: Yes

Condition or Practice: Snow on the walkway and stairs used as the east entrance to the primary crusher MCC trailer was not removed, nor was sand or salt applied to the walkway and stairs in a timely manner. There was snow covering the bottom step and about 2 inches of snow on top of the second step. Miners using the walkway and stairs are exposed to slip and fall hazards and associated injuries. There were foot prints the snow and miners access the MCC trailer thru the east entrance daily to start and stop the crusher and field conveyors as part of normal mining activities. Mine operator indicated not recognizing the hazard of miners accessing the MCC trailer thru the snow.

Action to Terminate: The snow was removed from the walkway and stairs used as the east entrance to the primary crusher MCC trailer.

Why this concerns you: This citation was written after four continuous days of snowfall. Workers had worked the day before and day of the inspection clearing snow from working areas in the secondary plant. The MCC is located in a remote area in the pit where no production work was being performed. The area to approach the MCC is the firm and flat pit floor. The snow was 1 to 2 1/2 inches deep of fluffy powdery snow, easy to walk over/through.
The step on which a footprint was noticed was constructed of a Morton open grip stair tread. After writing the citation for visible footprints in the snow, the inspector continued forward with the inspection walking through areas of snow and ice. When asked about walking in snow at different parts of the quarry the inspector stated he felt safe to walk in these areas covered by snow.

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