MSHA's Safety Targets Program
Lock Out/Tag Out (MNM) Safety Awareness
From January 2000 to December 2008, there were 23 fatalities related to accidents due to failure to follow proper Lock Out / Tag Out Procedures in Metal/NonMetal 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 23 accidents, 10 involved conveyors, 5 involved a miner directly contacting energized electric circuits, and 4 involved being caught or struck when performing maintenance on equipment other than conveyors 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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April 12, 2000 Fatality
2. April 21, 2000 Fatality #13, Darwin Stratton & Son, Inc., Rattlesnake Pit
June 30, 2000 Fatality
#27, A and
4. February 9, 2001 Fatality #2, Tommer Construction Co., Portable #1
5. October 29, 2001 Fatality #26, Circle Paving, Portable Crusher
January 21, 2002
Fatality #4, Aggregate Industries West Central Region,
7. June 1, 2002 Fatality #16, ASARCO Inc., Asarco Ray Complex
8. August 6, 2002 Fatality #22, Carmeuse Lime, Inc., Buffington Plant
9. September 23, 2002 Fatality #29, RA JA Stone, Inc., RA JA Stone Quarry
10. February 11, 2003 Fatality #4, Southern Clay Prod. Inc., Southern Clay Plants & Pits
11. April 16, 2003 Fatality #8, James Hamilton Construction Co., Crusher #1
12. May 21, 2003 Fatality #10, J.P. Sand and Gravel Company
13. November 19, 2003 Fatality #23, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., Goldstrike Mine
14. November 23, 2003 Fatality #25, Weekly Bros. Inc.
15. January 25, 2005 Fatality #1, Holcim Inc., Artesia Quarry and Mill
16. March 28, 2005 Fatality #6, Capitol Aggregates, LTD, Fairland Quarry
17. May 23, 2005 Fatality #12, Placer Turquoise Ridge, Inc., Turquoise Ridge Mine
18. August 1, 2005 Fatality
#20, Commercial Rock Products,
19. May 3, 2006 Fatality
#9, Hales Sand & Gravel Inc., Hales Sand and Gravel
20. May 19, 2006 Fatality #10, Kinder Sand Company LLC, Kinder Plant
21. September 20, 2007 Fatality #25, Wilder Construction Company, Conrock North Pit
22. May 22, 2008 Fatality #9, Conners Crushed Stone, Greenwade Mine
23. August 15, 2008 Fatality #13, Asarco LLC, Ray
Weekly Safety Talks
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2. Week 18
3. Week 30
4. Week 44
30 CFR Surface Metal / NonMetal
30 CFR Underground Metal / NonMetal
Program Policy Manual
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