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

Pre-operational and Workplace Inspections

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Surface
Category: General Safety

Miners have been injured or killed when conditions were overlooked during these inspections.

Recommendations for pre-operational and workplace inspections:

  1. Carry a checklist while conducting inspections.
  2. "Danger off" any hazardous area or tag defective equipment immediately. Make a record of the readings and hazards.
  3. Seek assistance when inspecting areas or equipment with which you are unfamiliar.
  4. Walk slowly through the area and around equipment inspecting for hazards above, below and adjacent to the workplace.
  5. Take all necessary tools, warning signs and detection equipment with you during the inspection. Check and calibrate detectors prior to use.
  6. Notify the proper people so that the hazards or defects can be corrected as soon as possible.
Click here for helpful pocket cards to supplement your checklist during these inspections.

Issued: 03/19/2003
Tag # AP2002-M085

MSHA extends a thank you and a tip of the hardhat to
Mr. John Englerth
a winner of a limited edition sticker and patch.

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