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Section: 56.14107a
Date: 06/08/2010
District: NC
Negligence: Low
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The Rainhart Co. laboratory sifter located in the QC lab room did not have the 1/3 hp Dayton motor belt drive guarded from contact. The belt drive was 44" from grade with an opening 14" wide by 15" high on the back side of the unit. The back of the unit was facing the corner. A miner accesses the lab once a week to run samples. This condition exposes miners to lost workday/restricted duty type injuries. The mine operator was aware of the hazard.

Action to Terminate: None suggested on the citation/order. A guard has been installed.

Why this concerns you: At more than one mine the inspectors wanted to know if we had a lab on site. They then proceeded to go directly to our Rainhart mary-ann shakers and pull them away from the wall to look at the backside. This may be a new enforcement initiative.

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