Provide ample clearance or protection for electrical cables located in haulage ways.
Examine haulage ways prior to the start of loading to assure that all electrical cables are positioned to prevent them from being contacted by mobile equipment.
Should the haulage machine accidentally pinch a power or trailing cable, the following procedures must be followed:
Stay in the vehicle you are operating: DO NOT EXIT THE MACHINE ! Make sure that all persons remain IN THE CLEAR OF THE DAMAGED CABLE AND MACHINE !
Attempt to move the machine away from the cable.
If you cannot move the machine away from the pinched/damaged cable, have someone go to the power center to de-energize power to the pinched cable and your machine.
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This is the 12th fatal accident reported in calendar year 2002 for the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2001, there were seven fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the second fatal accident in 2002 classified as "Electrical." At this same time in 2001, there was one fatal accident classified as "Electrical" in the coal mining industry.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report