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Section: 56.4601
Date: 09/05/2012
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: A grease gun containing a tube of grease and a five gallon pail of oil was in the truck bed of the Ford F-250 truck with a stored oxygen tank. Should a occur miners are exposed to burn type injuries.(As written in citation) Miners in the area were exposed to injury associated with fire or projectile injury.

Action to Terminate: The operator removed the grease and oil

Why this concerns you: The oxygen tank in question is a connected for use set for welding / torching on an active service truck used for maintenance within the mine. All other concerns are self explanatory.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

56.4601concerns "Oxygen Cylinder Storage" and the language in the regulation includes "rooms or areas used or designated for "storage" It would seem that the intent of the regulation was to prevent the build up of flammable or combustable fumes in a closed area with limited ventilation that with an oxygen presnt, could ignite a fire or explosion. The open bed of pick truck is not an area that is "used or designated for storage" as stated in 56.4601 but rather is used to transport these itmes.
- posted on 01/04/2013

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