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Section: 56.12004
Date: 03/15/2010
District: NC
Negligence: Low
Injury or Illness: Reasonably Likely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Fatal
Significant and Substantial: Yes

Condition or Practice: Electrical conductors exposed to mechanical damage shall be protected. The 480 volt power cable for the C-ll conveyor was worn through in two areas exposing the copper conductors. The worn areas measured approximately 3/4" long each, with a total of 3 conductors insulation that was cut through to copper. The cable was located approximately 52” high from ground level and approximately 48" from a ladder used to access the catwalk for the C-1l conveyor. This area is accessed 1 time per week when the plant is running to grease. Should a miner contact the 480 volt exposed copper conductors, harmful voltages would be imposed on the miner. The plant was last run on 06/15/2009, with this condition present at the time.

Action to Terminate: The 480 volt power cable for the C-l1 conveyor was repaired then wrapped several times with electrical tape.

Why this concerns you: The inspector assumes this condition existed when the plant last operated. The plant was not in operation at the time of the inspection, nor had it been for 7 months prior to the inspection. There were no employees exposed to the alleged hazard at the time of the inspection, and yet the inspector makes a "reasonably likely" S&S determination.

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