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

Condition or Practice: The underside of the primary field conveyor #2 located in the pit had the underside of the self cleaning tail pulley unguarded from contact. The distance from the guard on the side to grade measured about 27". The self cleaning tail pulley was about 11" above the bottom of the guard on the side. No miners are on foot around the plant while the plant is in operation. Cleaning is done from the underside of the pulley with a skid steer and attachment. This condition exposes miners to permanently disabling entanglement type injuries. The condition was not recognized as a hazard by mine management. The condition has existed for some time and has been accepted by MSHA in the past.

Action to Terminate: (none indicated)

Why this concerns you: This citation was written by the inspector because quote "The bottom of the guard is higher than 20 inches off the ground." Where in the 30 CFR
56/57/58/62 book does it state a tail pulley guard's height/clearance measurement has to be less than 20 inches from the ground?

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