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Section: 56.14100b
Date: 06/27/2011
District: NC
Negligence: Low
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: The stop/brake lights provided on the Cat 988 F front end loader S/N 8YG----- are not functional at this time. The front end loader is operating in the pit area of the mine loading material into the primary crusher. Two other haul trucks are operating in the pit area to access load out bins on the north side of the crushing plant. This exposes a person operating the other mobile equipment to the hazard of not being alerted to the front end loader stopping causing a collision which could result in strain or sprain injuries.

Action to Terminate: Fixed the brake lights.

Why this concerns you: The truck and loader in this citation were in the same crushing operation but not traveling on the same path when the citation was written. The loader in question travels at a speed of 4.3 mph in first gear, and 7.5 mph in second gear during load and carry operations. The loader is 13'7" high, 12'5" wide and weighs 100,000 lbs. If a person approaching the rear of this vehicle cannot see it slowing down at these speeds they should not be behind the wheel. The two little specks of red called brake lights get covered with dust and mud in quarry conditions. What is next, dome light out S&S, or maybe a low tire S&S? It is not about safety anymore.

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