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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Longwall Move Safety
Shield Transportation

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Mine Type: Underground Coal
Category: Haulage and Transportation, and Longwalls


Longwall Move Safety - Shield Transportation From 1995 to 2006, there have been three fatalities and several close calls involving motormen contacting protruding longwall shields sitting on low-boys (material haulers). When placing a shield on a low-boy, always remember to keep the shield securely anchored in the center of the hauler. Mark the shield with a highly visible warning device or reflective sign. Load the shield so the shield tip does not extend past the edge of the low-boy.

When operating a locomotive, do not position yourself next to the shield. Keep the longest part of the locomotive between you and the shield tip.

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Issued: 03/16/2006
Tag # AP2006- 92237