The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued yet another Serious Accident Alert. The accident occurred on June 22, 2017, at a surface aggregates operation.
Miners were working to unplug a crusher and after the obstruction was cleared, the crusher still would not turn. A miner attempted to manually turn the crusher rotor with a pry bar when his foot was caught in the moving part. Coworkers helped to free him and he was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.
MSHA recommends the following Best Practices to avoid these kinds of injuries.
- Conduct a job hazard analysis to identify all potential hazards associated with the work to be performed, and jointly discuss procedures to minimize those hazards.
- Review maintenance procedures to ensure all possible hazards have been identified and appropriate controls are in place to protect miners.
- Make sure everyone is positioned so they are not exposed to the hazards.
- Support or block all components against motion, and personally lock out and tag out equipment.
- Make sure that proper equipment and tools are provided and used and that everyone is trained in safe work procedures.
- Follow manufacturer’s specifications and operating procedures.