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Equipment Alert - Southwire Model 11060S Digital Multimeter - Added 3/30/2014
An accident occurred in an underground coal mine involving an electrician who received burns to his hands and face. The electrician was using a voltmeter to take a phase-tophase measurement at a 995V receptacle in a power center when an arc occurred, tripping power at the surface.

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  • PRODUCT NOTICE - MSA Rope Grab Failure - Added 3/26/2014
    A worker was performing a mid-day inspection on their fall protection equipment when a defect in the snap hook was noted. A rivet on the locking/release mechanism was missing rendering the locking mechanism inoperable. In the right circumstances, the snap hook could actually be locked in the open position.

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  • PRODUCT NOTICE - SNAPHOOKS - Added 1/27/2014
    Capital Safety is aware of an assembly issue with snaphooks manufactured by a supplier. These snaphooks are widely used components in fall protection products. The issue concerns missing or improperly installed rivets.

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    ANSUL F-½ Nozzle Blow-Off Caps - Dated 10/18/2011
    Fletcher Mining Equipment issued an important technical bulletin concerning nozzles on ANSUL fire suppression systems.

    Fletcher is offering an upgrade on their equipment to the new ANSUL F-½ fire suppression nozzle. The redesigned F-½ nozzles have a rubber blow-off cap with retainer strap (Part Number 415108). The previous F-½ nozzles utilized the black plastic blow-off cap (Part Number 4120). See attached Fletcher Information Bulletin No. 117.

    ANSUL F-½ nozzles (Part Number 16449) have been redesigned to accommodate a rubber blow-off cap with retainer strap. The redesign nozzle (part number is the same for both version of the F-½ nozzles) has a hole on the top the nozzle to enable the rubber cap to 'blow-off' when activated. The retainer strap keeps the cap with the nozzle. An 'R' will be stamped on the redesigned nozzle after the part number to help with identification. The blow off caps can only be used on the ANSUL F-½ fire suppression nozzle for which they were designed. See attached ANSUL Bulletin No. 5713.

    Only ANSUL provided blow-off caps can be used on ANSUL fire suppression nozzles. Hydraulic hose protective caps cannot be used as blow-off caps on any ANSUL fire suppression system nozzles.

  • See Fletcher Information Bulletin No. 117

  • See ANSUL Bulletin No. 5713
  • Atlas Copco LHD Loaders and Trucks - Service News No. 100624-972   Dated 07/19/2010
    In a recent metal/nonmetal mine fatality, a mechanic was fatally injured while checking for a hydraulic leak on an Atlas Copco ST-8B Scooptram. While checking for a hydraulic leak, the victim leaned into the ejector plate relief port in the back of the loader bucket. The ejector plate of the bucket was retracted, crushing him against the back of the bucket.

    Atlas Copco has developed a general hydraulic system safety notice that they are distributing to all of their LHD and Truck customers. The safety notice was developed to remind workers to take the necessary precautions before and during work on a hydraulic system.

    The safety notice will be included in all Parts Books and Service Manuals for the model numbers in the attached service news.

  • See Service News
  • Issue Concerning the Caterpillar (Bucyrus) Model 30M3L Remote Control Continuous Miner Receiver when used with a Forced Potato Remote - Dated 11/9/2011
    A Caterpillar (Bucyrus) Model 30M3L Remote Controlled Continuous Miner with a Forced Potato model LOKN remote was involved in a non-fatal accident. During the accident investigation, it was determined that the second remote controller kept on the working section on charge for this continuous miner was used to move the continuous miner immediately after the accident.

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  • Catastrophic Failure Of An Oxygen Cylinder Fitting In A Refuge Alternative - Dated 01/19/2011
    On Sunday, January 9, 2011, a catastrophic failure occurred in an oxygen cylinder fitting connected to the breathable air system in a refuge alternative located in an underground coal mine. The refuge alternative was an inflatable tent design manufactured by the A.L. Lee Corporation, model number 4042-35 manufactured on March 21, 2008. This refuge alternative is equipped with 12 high pressure oxygen cylinders, each pressurized at 4,500 psi. The manufacturer of the failed high pressure fitting is unknown at this time. Once the fitting manufacturer is identified, this alert will be updated with this information.

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  • Catastrophic Failure Of An Oxygen Cylinder Fitting In A Refuge Alternative - Dated 01/19/2011
    On Sunday, January 9, 2011, a catastrophic failure occurred in an oxygen cylinder fitting connected to the breathable air system in a refuge alternative located in an underground coal mine. The refuge alternative was an inflatable tent design manufactured by the A.L. Lee Corporation, model number 4042-35 manufactured on March 21, 2008. This refuge alternative is equipped with 12 high pressure oxygen cylinders, each pressurized at 4,500 psi. The manufacturer of the failed high pressure fitting is unknown at this time. Once the fitting manufacturer is identified, this alert will be updated with this information.

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  • 1st Update on Failure of High Pressure Gas Fittings and Valves in Refuge Alternatives
    On January 21, 2011, A. L. Lee reported a second CGA 701 brass fitting failure in a refuge alternative that had been returned to their shop. This fitting met the dimensional specifications of the CGA standard. On February 3, 2011, A. L. Lee reported that cracks had been discovered in both the brass fittings and cylinder valves of a third refuge alternative that had been returned to their shop. These fittings also met the dimensional specifications of the CGA standard. These fitting failures are significant because they demonstrate that the problem extends beyond dimensionally incorrect fittings.

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  • 2nd Update on Failure of High Pressure Gas Fittings and Valves in Refuge Alternatives
    - Dated 11/4/2011
    An Equipment Alert and an update have been issued regarding valve and fitting failures on breathable air components of refuge alternatives. On Sunday, January 9, 2011, a catastrophic failure occurred in an oxygen cylinder fitting connected to the breathable air system in a refuge alternative located in an underground coal mine. On January 21, 2011, A. L. Lee reported a second CGA 701 brass fitting failure in a refuge alternative that had been returned to their shop.

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  • Donít Get Stuck With The Wrong Pouch - Dated 3/20/2013
    CSE has become aware of a recent event involving the insertion of a CSE SCSR into a pouch manufactured by another company. An operator provided CSE with a SCSR that could not be extracted from its pouch. The identity of the manufacturer of the pouch was not apparent on its face.

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  • DeWalt Power Tools
    Large Angle Grinder Safety Notification
    - Dated 1/10/2012
    DEWALT has identified a potential safety hazard with certain large angle grinder side handles. We are concerned that under certain circumstances a small number of side handles could exhibit a condition where the handle could break causing the user to lose full control of the unit.

  • See DeWalt Safety Notice
  • Fletcher Information Bulletin No. 118
    Mechanical Swing Arm Boom Stops
    - Dated 6/22/2012
    J.H. Fletcher & Co. ("Fletcher") has previously manufactured a 2-bolt swinger L TOO. The design of this bolter (see attached drawing) has a small T-style ATRS and provides the operator the ability to install two bolts in a straight line by having a boom that can swing from side to side without resetting the ATRS. This design allows the boom to swing and in and out to address the drilling pattern. Approximately 32 machines have been distributed by Fletcher over the years with this design.

  • For more information, see bulletin.
  • Fletcher Information Bulletin No. 119
    Worm Gear Tilt Box
    - Dated 6/22/2012
    J.H. Fletcher & Co. (Fletcher) has identified a potential risk on DDR walk-thru machines with mast tilt using worm gear tilt boxes. The boxes, which are located on specific machines, provide the operator the ability to tilt the mast to different angles for drilling the roof and ribs. During a routine drilling process an operator had the mast tilted when the tilt box suddenly gave way. The mast rotated freely inward, narrowly missing the operator, who was standing at his work station.

  • For more information, see bulletin.
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    Industrial Scientific Announces Product Recall of
    GasBadge® Plus Single-Gas Monitors
    - Dated 2/7/2012
    Industrial Scientific Corporation has determined that the GasBadge® Plus single-gas instrument may not properly indicate a low battery condition resulting in a failure to alarm or instrument shut down. As a result, for safety reasons, Industrial Scientific is issuing a recall of all current GasBadge Plus instruments (v2.2 and earlier; manufactured prior to February 2012). MSHA Approval No. 18-A050012-0.

  • For more information, visit www.indsci.com/gbplusrecall
  • J. H. Fletcher & Company - Information Bulletin No. 114 - Dated: 03/05/2010
    Owners, Operators and Rebuilders of J.H. Fletcher & Co. Two-Leg Hinged Canopy
    In November 2009 an accident occurred at a West Virginia mine. The information obtained by J.H. Fletcher & Co. ("Fletcher") indicates that the roof bolter operator ribbed the tram canopy while tramming the roof bolter. The operator steered the machine into the rib. The damage to the tram canopy cylinder was so severe that the cylinder eye separated from the cylinder rod (Attachment 1). When this event took place the cylinder was no longer connected to the tram canopy and the canopy fell on the operator's head. The bolter had tram canopy extensions installed.

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  • J. H. Fletcher & Company - Information Bulletin No. 110A - Dated: 03/30/2010
    Owners of J.H. Fletcher & Co. Model DR and CDR Single Mast Feed Roof Drill Only

  • See Notice
  • Joy Mining Machinery Globul Service Bulletin GSB0154
    Review of Joy Base Lift Circuit Design
    - Dated 11/29/2011
    As a result of a fatal accident at the Century Mine in Ohio (USA) on August 8, 2011 involving a base lift jack, Joy has received a number of inquiries concerning whether or not our design is adequate. In this regard, it must first be noted that the base lift jack involved in the August 8, 2011, accident was not a JOY product. In addition, as a reputable supplier of equipment and systems to the mining industry, Joy Mining Machinery wants to assure our customers that we routinely review and evaluate our products for safety compliance and performance. Therefore, the purpose of this Service Bulletin is to inform users of JOY equipment that such a review has been conducted on the JOY powered roof support hydraulic base lift circuits to verify that the circuit does not have any potential issues with respect to pressure intensification as a result of design or functionality.

  • See Globul Service Bulletin No. GSB0154
  • Hazardous 3rd Party Modified Circuit Breakers - Dated 04/21/2011
    MSHA has been made aware of a hazardous condition that may exist in 600 volt and 1000 volt circuit breakers. This includes all frame sizes. The circuit breakers may appear to be new or rebuilt, but they have been changed from the manufacturer's original design. These mining circuit breakers, originally manufactured by Eaton Cutler-Hammer, may have been purchased either directly from the 3rd party or through a mining supply company. There is evidence that some of these circuit breakers have been modified by a 3rd party rebuilder with knock-off 600 volt and 1000 volt covers. The covers are of unknown construction and were not manufactured by Eaton. The labeling affixed to the breakers was also reproduced by the 3rd party rebuilder in an effort to make the circuit breakers look new and legitimate.

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  • MSA - Stop-use and Recall Notice - Dated: 03/04/2010
    MSA recently became aware through internal and third party tests, as well as from our supplier, Paulson Manufacturing, that certain high impact propionate visors (marked Z87.1+) may not meet the high impact requirements of the ANSI Z87.1-2003 standard.

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  • Petzl America Recalls Scorpio and Absorbica Safety Lanyards due to Fall Hazard - Dated 7/21/2011
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Petzl America Inc, announced a voluntary recall of Shock Absorbing Lanyards manufactured before May 2011 by Scorpio and Absorbica. Some lanyards are missing a safety stitch on the attachment loop, which can cause the lanyard to disconnect from the climbing harness, posing a fall hazard to consumers. One fall injury occurred in France due to this condition. Consumers should immediately stop using the lanyards and contact Petzl America Inc. for a free inspection and replacement of any non-conforming products. For additional information, mine operators should contact Petzl America Inc. at (877) 740-3826 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.petzl.com.

  • See Notice
  • PRODUCT RECALL / STOP USE NOTICE
    3M™ Series Self Retracting Lanyards
    - Dated 7/24/2012
    3M is recalling the THOR family of Self-Retracting Lanyards units manufactured by IKAR from November 01, 2011 to June 25, 2012 (M-, RLD- and 205G- Series) as result of concerns with the brake pad material found in this family of retractable lanyards.

  • For more information, see notice.
  • PROTECTA SHOCK ABSORBING LANYARDS RECALL NOTICE - Dated 11/22/2011
    Capital Safety is aware of a reported inadvertent disconnection during use of the locking snaphook used in a series of Y-shaped Protecta lanyards with twin elastic lanyard legs that both attach directly to the eye of the snaphook. The locking snaphook used on these lanyards is part number 9502573.

  • See Alert
  • Pyott-Boone Carbon Monoxide (CO) Monitors - Dated 12/21/2010
    Pyott-Boone Electronics issued a letter to inform users that Pyott-Boone Carbon Monoxide (CO) monitors may experience false detections when a radio frequency transmitter is transmitting nearby. The false detection will cause a detection spike and be recorded on the Atmospheric Monitoring System (AMS) event log. The spike will be an instant maximum value unlike a gradual increase with actual rising of CO levels.

    This false detection is not limited to Pyott-Boone CO monitors. Other manufactures of CO monitors will experience the same false detections and/or erratic readings. Inspectors and mine personnel should be informed that a hand-held radio that is transmitting near a CO monitor could affect readings on the CO monitor and create inaccurate readings on the AMS.

    Pyott-Boone Electronics and other manufactures are designing CO monitors to be more resistant to radio interference.

  • See Pyott-Boone letter
  • Sandvik (EIMCO) 580/582 Park Brake Release - Dated 05/23/2011
    A Sandvik 582 scoop (formerly EIMCO) was cited under 30 CFR 75.523-3 for the parking brake not releasing when the hand pump was operated. The same violation may exist on other 580/582 machines. The machines affected are listed below. These scoops have been in the field for years and the braking systems may have already been modified to fix the hand pump feature.

    Check the parking brake system on all EIMCO 580/582 scoops for compliance with all provisions of 30 CFR 75.523-3, which covers the hand pump brake release feature.

  • See Machines Affected
  • STIHL Inc. Recalls Chain Saws Due to Laceration Hazard - Dated 01/19/2011
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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  • Xerebrus Flare XM-1 Cordless Cap Lamp - Dated 11/8/2012
    Xerebrus Inc. Flare XM-1 cordless cap lamp, in rare cases, may turn off when in close proximity to a high-power UHF handheld radio and not be able to be reset to the on position except by plugging the lamp into a charger. An upgrade was made to the latest release of the Flare XM-1 cap lamp to help eliminate the issue. Customers who experience this issue should contact their place of purchase or Xerebrus for warranty consideration.

  • For more information, visit http://www.xerebrus.com/.
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