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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 04/21/2011
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: Guarding was not provided for the Snubbers on each side of the screen. Two Snubbers on each side vibrate during Scalper Screen operation creating a pinch point between the snub and bracket. The Snubbers are positioned low on the screen side and there isn't any maintenance activities performed near the unguarded parts making an accident unlikely. Should a miner contact the moving machine part it would result in lacerations, contusions and/or fractured bone injuries.

Action to Terminate: The snubber brackets were removed.

Why this concerns you: Possibly every scalper screen has snubbers like these as original equipment designed by the manufacturer. Look at the picture then check your screens.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

This does not appear to be a legitimate citation as it is not truly a moving part or pinchpoint and MSHA has not historically required guarding of these, which makes a fair notice/due process defense available. It is interesting that a guard was not required to abate this. I would want to know what the manufacturer thinks about removing the brackets. Does this modify the design in a way that creates a hazard?
- posted on 04/22/2011

More than likely removing the snubbers would void the manufacturers warranty.
- posted on 04/26/2011

You may well have an argument that those items are not "similar moving parts", as all the items mentioned in the standard itself are rotating drums/shafts/cylinders.

- posted on 04/29/2011

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