District 7 Fall Protection Outreach. February 19, 2004 1:00 p.m. EST. Remember - Safety is a Value! . WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY? To Promote Fall Protection Safety Awareness To Provide Best Practices On Fall Protection GOAL - Send Every Miner Home Safe and Healthy at the End of Every Shift!!!.
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February 19, 2004
1:00 p.m. EST
GOAL - Send Every Miner Home Safe and Healthy at the End of Every Shift!!!
77.1710 Protective Clothing; requirements.Each employee working in a surface coal mine or in the surface work areas of an underground coal mine shall be required to wear protective clothing and devices as indicated below: (g)Safety belts and lines where there is a danger of falling; a second person shall tend the lifeline when bins, tanks or other dangerous areas are entered.
Slips and falls of mining personnel are a major cause of accidents in the mining industry. Since 1983, an average of 6.9 workers per year have been killed while 3,191 workers per year have required medical attention for non-fatal injuries due to slips and falls at mine sites.
Since 1995, forty-three workers have died in "fall-of-person" accidents at mining operations. Several of the fatalities occurred when the fall height was 10 feet or less. In most of these accidents workers fell off mobile equipment.
Jan. 1, 1993 to PRESENT
February 03, 2004. The victim was operating an aerial boom truck, inside the bucket, to dismantle a shop building. The victim and two other employees were using the boom of the bucket truck to lift up a wooden 4X6 post by placing one end of the chain on the post and the other on the aerial boom of the truck. The post was buried in the ground with concrete. The victim was thrown out of the bucket when the post suddenly released from the ground.
June 9, 2003, a 49-year old supervisor with 29 years mining experience was fatally injured when he was thrown from the elevated bucket of a Simon-Telect 42-foot aerial bucket truck. The victim and two other miners were dismantling a de-energized electrical substation on the surface area of an underground mine. To secure a steel "I-Beam" structure, a nylon rope was attached between the bucket of the aerial lift and the steel structure. After the steel structure was disconnected from the substation, the rope broke, causing the aerial bucket to shift suddenly, throwing the victim out of the bucket. The victim fell 28 feet 11 inches to the ground.
On Thursday, February 20, 2003, a 44-year old preparation plant operator with 25 years of total experience fell approximately 19 feet through a four-foot square opening in the upper level flooring at a conveyor drive station onto a conveyor tail pulley at a lower level of a surface facility. The flooring had been removed to allow materials to be lowered for construction work. The opening had been protected with nylon rope and flagging. The victim, a plant foreman, was aware of the work being performed. He was taken to the hospital for emergency medical treatment and died of his injuries on Tuesday, February 25, 2003.
August 29, 2001 An accident occurred which resulted in fatal injuries to a contract employee at the Coal Preparation Plant. An ironworker/welder was performing work on the 5th floor of the plant when a sixteen (16) by four (4) foot section of the concrete floor from which he was working collapsed, causing the miner to fall thirty four (34) feet to the 2nd floor. Demolition of existing structure to install upgraded equipment was being performed in preparation to connect the structural beams for a new addition to the plant when the accident occurred.
6th floor view looking down to the 2nd floor
2nd floor landing area
On November 27, 2001, at approximately 8:15 PM, an accident occurred which resulted in fatal injuries to the Plant Operator at the coal preparation plant. The plant operator was working on the sixth floor of the preparation plant with a co-worker, attempting to hang a chain hoist to a hoist track. They were attempting to attach the hoist to the hoist track in an open doorway. One safety bar was installed across the doorway and while lifting the hoist, it was dislodged. While attempting to attach the hoist, it was dropped and subsequently the victim slipped and fell approximately 101 feet to the ground
Thursday, March 2, 2000, at 10:30 a.m., a fatal fall of person accident claimed the life of a 47-year-old electrical contractor. The accident occurred in the Preparation Plant on top of the raw coal classifying cyclone sump where the victim was attempting to remove electrical conduit that had been previously installed over the operating sump. The cyclone was covered with a 10 gauge perforated metal covering. Although there were no eyewitnesses to the accident, the victim apparently stood on the metal covering while he was performing this work. The metal covering gave way and the victim fell through the covering into the operating raw coal classifying cyclone sump which resulted in fatal injuries.
3 Components: Lanyard, Anchorage & Full Body Harness
Use of a body belt or chest harness is very risky
where a free fall danger exists!
Train everyone who works at height
COAL MINE FATALITY - On August 13, 2002 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a 66-year-old highwall drill operator was fatally injured when he fell twenty-three feet off the edge of a highwall. The victim was walking from his truck along the drill bench to his highwall drill in dark and foggy conditions when the accident occurred. The victim was able to call for help using a cell phone. The victim was rescued, however, he later expired as a result of injuries.
METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On August 9, 2003, a 40-year-old maintenance man, with 5 months mining experience, was fatally injured at a surface milling operation that processes diatomaceous earth. The victim was tracking a water line, walked out onto the roof of a building, and fell through a sky light, 29 feet to a concrete floor below.
METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY - On April 27, 1997, a truck driver (contractor employee) with 30 years of mining experience was killed at a lime plant. The employee parked his truck at the wash platform and climbed on top of the tank trailer to hose it off. A safety belt and line were not used and the victim fell 11 feet to the ground. He died from the sustained head injuries.
MSHA recommends using the following safety equipment and practices when working from platforms suspended by Cranes or Derricks:
• Use a full body harness with the lanyard secured to the suspended platform or above the crane hook or ball.
• Inspect the crane or derrick prior to suspending a work platform. This should include inspection of the wire rope, hoist drum brakes, boom and other mechanical and rigging equipment vital to the safe operation of the crane or derrick.
• Use a work platform approved by a qualified engineer and rigging approved by a qualified person.
• The platform should be equipped with an access gate. The access gate should swing inward, and should be equipped with a positive locking latch.
Safe Practices Near a
…if NOT POSSIBLE...
When You Can Fall Over
GOAL - Send Every Miner Home Safe and Healthy at the End of Every Shift!!!
February 23, 2004
- Safety Talks
- Best Practices
- All Mines
- Fall Protection
THANK YOU !!