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Section: 30CFR 56.11027
Date: 02/26/2010
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: Handrails were not provided on the WB1 motorized work boat. The boat is made of flat steel approximately 8' X 16'feet. The boat is used to transport miners to and from the dredge. It is also used as as work platform for maintenance around the dredge. When more than one miner rides the boat, they stand while being transported across the water. This is a daily practice at least once per shift. With no railings or other means of restraint, it is reasonably likely that a miner would fall onto the platform. As for a fall into the water, life jackets are being utilized. Life jackets can reduce the severity of injury

Action to Terminate: Hand rail post were installed on the work boat with chains between them. The chains are fastened to eyebolts on these post. The chains have self closing snap hooks that allow miners to board the work boat.

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