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Section: 56.12047
Date: 03/30/2010
District: NE
Negligence: Low
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Fatal
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The guy wire supporting the high voltage transmission lines and transformers (12,500 volts) was not insulated to meet the requirements for grounding or insulator protection of the National Electric Code. The high voltage lines supplied power to the primary crushing plant and was located adjacent the main road into the plant. Fatal injuries would be expected in the event an employee were to contact guy wire energized with 12,500 volts (Photographed)

Action to Terminate: The guy wire was grounded below the transformers.

Why this concerns you: These lines, transformers and other equipment are not the property of the owner of the plant or facility. MSHA stretching jurisdiction into areas far beyond the control of the operator.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

I would try to obtain from the us government printing office the national electric codes of 1961 and supplement of 1968. The standard says they are available for request. If the government cannot produce them, then perhaps you have an argument that you cannot be held accountable to a standard that the government cannot show you.

- posted on 06/08/2010

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