Safety Hazard Alerts Archives
These files represent older Safety Hazard Alerts that were posted on MSHA's web site. We are providing these as they still contain useful information for you to use.
|Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platforms - Dated 7/7/2009
The following incident took place on 23 September, 2008.
|Conveyor Belt Safety
Don't Get Carried Away Working Around Conveyor Belts
|Dangers of PVC Primer and Cement
- Dated 7/10/2009
Three pipefitters were injured when a PVC pipeline exploded at a coal prep plant. A stray spark from an electric arc welder fell into the open end of a pipe assembly igniting highly flammable PVC pipe-joint cement vapor that was trapped inside the newly installed pipe.
|Energized Guy Wire Alert
Energized guy wires have killed two miners in 2006.
|Explosion Potential at Abandoned Mine Shafts
The atmosphere in the enclosed space of an abandoned mine shaft may be asphyxiating, toxic, flammable, or explosive. Therefore, work that will breech the seal on an abandoned mine shaft must be done with great care.
|Failure to Operate Boom Trucks Safely Using Proper Procedures - Dated 4/27/2009
In recent years there have been two fatalities and one near miss due to the inappropriate use of boom trucks.
|Highwall Stability at Surface Mines
Old Mines Underground can Undermine Highwall Stability at Surface Mines
|Rail Car Discharge Doors Alert
A near-fatal accident occurred when a mechanic working on a rail car was pinned between two air-operated discharge doors that suddenly opened.
|Safety Sense - Circuit Breaker Identification October 2008
- Dated 10/30/2008
Every year a fatality or serious injury can be attributed to one or all of the above failures. The most recent involved unplugging the wrong circuit for a pump, resulting in serious flash burns. Victims convince themselves that they have a good excuse right up to the time of the accident. Have you heard these?
|Safety Sense - Remote Control Continuous Mining Machines October 2008
- Dated 10/30/2008
Remote control continuous mining machine operators continue to lose their lives while tramming these machines. There have been 31 fatalities involving remote control continuous mining machines since 1984, two of which have occurred in 2008.
|Seat Belts Save Lives! - Dated 9/4/2012
On August 27, 2012, the ground gave way beneath a bulldozer clearing an access road for an existing powerline.