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Section: 56.14206b
Date: 04/19/2011
District: NC
Negligence: Low
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 Komatsu 155 AX dozer ripper attachment was left in the raised position, not blocked or secured and unattended. The point of the ripper shank was about 4 inches above the ground. Unexpected lowering of the ripper assembly can result in impact type injuries to body parts involved. Miners have not travel in the area of the ripper during normal mining operations. This condition was not open and obvious as the tip of the ripper was close to the ground and there was grass and weeds around it.

Action to Terminate: The ripper attachment was lowered to ground level.

Why this concerns you: The bulldozer was backed into a bermed parking area on the ready line. The ripper was not accessible to workers because it was backed into the berm which was covered in brush. The ripper was not an exposed hazard due to its location and the fact it was only 4 inches off the ground surface. I don't believe a worker could crawl under a
4 inch space.

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