A serious accident occurred recently at a District 8 underground
mine when a brattice man was riding on top of a battery scoop.
The miner had positioned himself at the hinge-point of the scoop,
behind the operator's cab with his legs over the side of the
scoop. The scoop operator turned a corner and the miner's foot
was pinched/crushed between the two moving sections of the scoop.
The injured miner sustained a fractured left ankle.
- Never ride on top of equipment. Use only seats or
compartments designed for carrying personnel.
- Keep all portions of your body inside of the passenger or
operator's compartment when operating or riding in moving
equipment. Your head, arms, and legs should never protrude
outside of equipment in motion.
- Be aware of and avoid all "pinch-points."
- Do not attempt to get on or off of moving equipment.
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This information was provided by concerned
miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close
call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting
the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.