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Section: 56.14107
Date: 02/15/2011
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Fatal
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The existing guard for the self cleaning tail pulley for the lime field conveyor did not extend down far enough to prevent contact with the tail pulley from the sides and/or rear. The existing guard was approximately 34 inches above the ground. The tail pulley was approximately 8 inches in from bottom of the rear guard. The exposed area was approximately 31 inches long on the sides and 39 inches long back. Contact with rotating components would result in entanglement injuries of body parts involved. Miners do not normally work in this area when conveyor is in operation. Clean up is done with skid loader. The mine operator indicated not recognizing the hazard and believed the existing guard was adequate.

Action to Terminate: The mine operator fabricated and installed a guard to cover the bottom area of the tail pulley.

Why this concerns you: This citation was written on the tail pulley guard because the inspector felt it was not low enough to the ground. The guard has not changed and has been more than adequate in past MSHA inspections. The inspector believes that a person could fall/roll under the guard and reach up and make contact with the moving pulley. The tail pulley is located in an area that is not a travel way and sits below a cross conveyor. All clean up in this area is done with a skid-steer with a clean up boom attachment preventing access to the underside of the tail pulley guard. The moving belt and pulley is located 42 inches from the working surface.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

This citation was vacated.
- posted on 04/06/2011

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