Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Underground Belt Conveyor Accident
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.
Concentrate on the job at hand, even if you are familiar with
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.