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Section: 56.4501
Date: 04/05/2011
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The fuel lines on the diesel tank located on the fuel tank to the portable four inch John Deere Pump, ID 979, was not equipped with valves to stop the flow of fuel at the source. Without a shut off valve on the tank, if there was a leak during a malfunction, this condition could cause fire hazards. This condition exposes miners to burn and smoke inhalation type injuries. The tanks were 55 gallon and used on an as needed basis to remove water from the pit area. The manager was not aware of the standard.

Action to Terminate: A shut—off valve was installed on the diesel tank capable of stopping the flow of fuel at the source.

Why this concerns you: The fuel tank on this pump was designed such that fuel must be drawn from it by the fuel pump. If the line to the tank broke or the fuel pump stopped working the fuel would just sit in the tank, not drain out. The standard says "Fuel lines shall be equipped with valves capable of stopping the flow of fuel at the source and shall be located and maintained to minimize fire hazards. This standard does not apply to fuel lines on self-propelled equipment." I suppose MSHA wants all fuel tanks on non-self-propelled equipment to have in-line, manual, fuel shut-off valves.

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