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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 to the pit pump control box was not removed, nor was sand or salt applied to the walkway in a timely manner. Miners using the walkway are exposed to slip and fall hazards and associated injuries. There were foot prints in the snow and miners access the control box daily to start and stop the pit pump as part of normal mining activities. Mine operator indicated being familiar with the standard but notice this condition due to the remote location of the control box.

Action to Terminate: The snow was removed from the walkway to the pit pump control box.

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 pump control is located in a remote area along a pit road where no production work was being performed. The walk up approach to the pump control is firm and flat along an area that is not considered a regular pathway. This area is accessed once every six to ten working days in the winter.
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 a different part of the quarry the inspector stated he felt safe to walk in snow in this area. Employee who walked from truck to control box is familiar with the terrain and felt safe approaching the pump control.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

This citation has been vacated
- posted on 04/06/2011

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