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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health


A Near Miss


Recently, District 5 experienced two serious pinch-point accidents involving battery powered haulage equipment. Both incidents are similar in the type, location, and time frame. Thus, there is a need for increased awareness to emphasize preventive maintenance on equipment and safe work procedures when working in proximity to rubber-tired haulage equipment. Both accidents resulted in very serious crushing injuries. One of these miners was a Red Hat.

Sketch of tractor accident Sketch of scoop accident
A serious injury occurred when an employee positioned himself between a tractor and coal feeder. He was preparing to unhook a chain used to free a stuck conveyor chain, when the tractor operator energized the pump motor of the tractor. The tractor lunged in reverse, pinning the victim between the feeder and bumper of the tractor. A serious injury occurred when an employee positioned himself between the tailpiece and the battery end of the scoop. He was preparing to hook a chain between the two, when the scoop operator engaged the foot switch; the scoop lunged quickly and caught the victim between the scoop and tailpiece.


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