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January 2001

Underground Belt Conveyor Accident


Underground BeltA dangerous belt conveyor accident involving one miner occurred recently at a District 8 mine. When a belt extension was completed, the miner was training the bottom belt using a hammer. After loosening the bracket that holds the bottom roller, he was striking the bracket when his attention was diverted. The hammer missed the bracket and was caught between the bottom belt and the roller. The miner was unable to release the hammer and his right arm was pulled between the belt and the roller. The bicep/tricep area of his right arm sustained severe soft tissue damage. Had it not been for coworkers in the immediate area, the miner would have most likely lost his right arm.

BEST PRACTICES
  • Concentrate on the job at hand, even if you are familiar with the job.

  • Use a Dutch head, or similar long-handled tool to remain far away from the pinch point.

  • Whenever possible........DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PROCEDURE WHILE WORKING ALONE.

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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.