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MSHA's Safety Targets Program
Lock Out/Tag Out (Coal) Safety Awareness
From January 2000 to December 2008, there were 17 fatalities related to accidents due to failure to follow proper Lock Out / Tag Out Procedures in Coal mining operations. These accidents include miners being electrocuted while performing work on energized circuits, miners performing maintenance on equipment when it was re-energized by someone else, miners performing maintenance on energized equipment, and miners working in close proximity to unguarded, energized machinery.

Of these 17 accidents, 10 involved a miner directly contacting energized electric circuits, and 6 involved being caught or struck when performing maintenance on equipment while it was still energized.

MSHA believes that these types of accidents can be prevented if operators follow the simple guidelines outlined in this "Lock Out / Tag Out" package.

MSHA is distributing this information to increase hazard awareness among miners who install and maintain electric circuits or who perform maintenance on electrically powered equipment and machinery. Please use this to increase awareness and assist in training electricians, mechanics, and other miners who use or work around this type of equipment.

Please review this information with miners in your operation and learn about accidents involving failure to properly De-energize, Lock and Tag. MSHA hopes that this information will help you take measures to prevent you and other miners from being involved in similar accidents. Remember, "The life you save may be your own."

Please share this information with your co-workers and discuss it at safety meetings. If you have questions or need additional copies of this information, please contact Michael Getto by phone
at 304 547 2303 or by email at getto.michael@dol.gov.




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     Fatalgrams

1.      January 21, 2000 Fatality #1, Leeco, Inc., No. 74 Mine

2.      February 18, 2000 Fatality #4, The Day Mining Inc.

3.      April 30, 2000 Fatality #10, Garret Mining Inc., Mine No. 3

4.      August 16, 2000 Fatality#22, BGS Construction, Inc., Consolidation Coal Company, Blacksville No. 2

5.      April 19, 2001 Fatality #7, The Ohio Valley Coal Company, Powhatan No. 6

6.      July 20, 2001 Fatality #11, Blue Diamond Coal Company, #77 Mine

7.      January 24, 2002 Fatality #2, Mackie J Coal Company, No. 4 Mine

8.      May 21, 2002 Fatality #13, Lone Mountain Processing, Inc., Huff Creek No. 1

9.      February 5, 2004 Fatality #4, Spartan Mining Company, Ruby Energy

10.  August 29, 2004 Fatality # 17, Hobet Mining Company, Hobet 21 Surface Mine

11.  September 26, 2004 Fatality #19, Consolidation Coal Company, Buchanan #1

12.  October 23, 2004 Fatality #23, Omega Mining, Inc., Southern Crescent Mine

13.  June 1, 2005 Fatality #6, The Pittsburg & Midway Coal Mining Co., North River #1 underground Mine

14.  October 30, 2006 Fatality #43, Double Bonus Coal Company, Mine No. 65

15.  November 5, 2006 Fatality #45, Peabody Western Coal Company, Kayenta Mine

16.  December 4, 2007 Fatality #32, Mammoth Coal Company, No. 130 Mine

17.  May 16, 2008 Fatality #9, Aracoma Coal Company, Inc., Aracoma Alma #1 Mine

 

      Best Practices

1.      BP-13 Maintenance, Repair and Construction

2.      BP-17 Electrical Safety

3.      BP-20 Electrical Safety for Contractors

4.      BP-35 Electrical Safety in Mining

5.      Maintenance Best Practices

6.      BP-48 Conveyor Safety Tips for Laborers

7.      BP-49 Conveyor Safety Tips for Mechanics

8.      BP-50 Conveyor Safety Tips for Plant Operators

9.      BP-51 Conveyor Safety Tips for Supervisors

10.  BP-58 Electrical (Anthracite)

11.  BP-68 Repair and Maintenance of Surface Equipment

12.  Best Practices When Rockdusting

 

  Do's and Don - ts

 

      Miner's Tips

1.      Electrical Lockout and Tag

2.      Be Aware of Electrical Hazards

3.      Electrical Testing Safety

4.      Energized Receptacle Hazards

5.      Crusher Maintenance

 

      Safety Ideas

1.      Take the Keys - Save Your Life

2.      Jaw Crusher Platform

3.      Cutterhead Bit Replacement

4.      Tagging Out Equipment

5.      Conveyor Safety Features Should Not Be Options

 

          - PIB07-11 Examination of Electrical Underground Coal Mine Equipment

 

        - PPL11-V-1 Clarification on Repairs or Maintenance of Machinery, 30 C.F.R. - 75.1725(c)

 

         Weekly Safety Talks

1.      Week 4

2.      Week 18

3.      Week 30

4.      Week 44

 

           Safety Alerts/Bulletins

1.      Electrical Cable Safety Bulletin

2.      Circuit Breaker ID

3.      Safety Questions to Ask Prior to Performing Electrical Work

 

         - Hazard Alert - Belt Conveyors

 

      Near Misses

1.      District 5 Belt Conveyor

2.      District 5 Electrical

3.      District 5 Electrical2

4.      District 8 Electric Arcs

5.      District 8 High Voltage

6.      Distrcit 8 High Voltage 2

7.      District 8 Roof Bolter

8.      District 8 Auger

 

      - MSHA District 3 Electric Lockout Presentation

 

      NIOSH Documents

1.      Guideline for Controlling Hazardous Energy During Maintenance and Servicing 83-125a.pdf

2.      Guidelines for Controlling Hazardous Energy During Maintenance and Servicing 83-125b.pdf

3.      Guidelines for Controlling Hazardous Energy During Maintenance and Servicing 83-125c.pdf

4.      Guidelines for Controlling Hazardous Energy During Maintenance and Servicing 83-125d.pdf

5.      Preventing Worker Deaths from Uncontrolled Release of Electrical, Mechanical, and Other Types of Hazardous Energy 99-110.pdf

 

      30 CFR Underground Coal

1.      30 CFR § 75.509

2.      30 CFR § 75.511

3.      30 CFR § 75.705

4.      30 CFR § 75.705-1

5.      30 CFR § 75.820

6.      30 CFR § 75.903

7.      30 CFR § 75.1725

 

      30 CFR Surface Coal

1.      30 CFR § 77.404

2.      30 CFR § 77.500

3.      30 CFR § 77.501

4.      30 CFR § 77.704

5.      30 CFR § 77.704-1

 

      Program Policy Manual

1.      Program Policy Manual 75.509

2.      Program Policy Manual 75.511

3.      Program Policy Manual 75.903

4.      Program Policy Manual 75.1725

5.      Program Policy Manual 77.404

6.      Program Policy Manual 77.500

7.      Program Policy Manual 77.501

8.      Program Policy Manual 77.704

 

      Videos

1.      Pathway to Safety

2.      Lock and Tag Safety

3.      Underground Electrical Safety

4.      Electrical Lock-Out Procedures



MSHA District 3 Electric Lockout Presentation (Powerpoint)





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