| MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Cull Yard Safety
|Mine Type: Surface Stone|
|Category: General Safety|
Safety Tip: Prepare a firm, level work area for the placement of blocks of stone.
Recently, a miner died when, while sorting dimension limestone to be sawn, he was crushed between two stone blocks. The blocks were placed about three feet apart on uneven ground in a "cull yard". The miner had walked between the blocks, when one toppled against the other, fatally injuring him.
The following practices may save your life.
- ALWAYS place blocks on firm, level, ground free of protrusions and other discontinuities. Keep the work area maintained, especially after heavy rain or increased traffic.
- AVOID putting yourself between two blocks of stone, regardless of the appearance of the ground surface.
- If access to all sides of a block is required, have enough space between blocks so there is no chance one could topple into the "work zone" of another. Leave yourself an "out".
- Follow established procedures. Accidents are more likely to occur when something out of the ordinary is done, even for a brief time.