MINE ACCIDENT, INJURY, AND ILLNESS REPORT
MSHA FORM 7000-1
(1 ) "Coal or other mine" means (a) an area of land from which minerals are extracted in nonliquid form or, if in liquid form, are extracted with workers underground, (b) private ways and roads appurtenant to such area, and (c) lands, excavations, underground passageways, shafts, slopes, tunnels and workings, structures, facilities, equipment, machines, tools, or other property including impoundments, retention dams, and tailings ponds, on the surface or underground, used in, or to be used in, or resulting from, the work of extracting such minerals from their natural deposits in nonliquid form, or if in liquid form, with workers underground, or used in, or to be used in, the milling of such minerals, or the work of preparing coal or other minerals, and includes custom coal preparation facilities. In making a determination of what constitutes mineral milling for purposes of this Act, the Secretary shall give due consideration to the convenience of administration resulting from the delegation to one Assistant Secretary of all authority with respect to the health and safety of miners employed at one physical establishment.
(2) "Operator" means any owner, lessee, or other person who operates, controls, or supervises a coal or other mine or any designated independent contractor performing services or construction at such mine.
(3) "Occupational injury" means any injury to a worker which occurs at a mine for which medical treatment is administered, or which results in death, loss of consciousness, inability to perform ail job duties on any day after an injury, or transfer to another job.
(4) "Occupational illness" means an illness or disease of a worker which may have resulted from work at a mine or for which an award of compensation is made.
(5) "Medical treatment" means treatment, other than first aid, administered by a physician or by a registered medical professional acting under the orders of a physician.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEDICAL TREATMENT AND FIRST AID
Medical treatment includes, but is not limited to, the suturing of any wound, treatment of fractures, application of a cast or other professional means of immobilizing an injured part of the body, treatment of infection arising out of an injury, treatment of bruise by the drainage of blood, surgical removal of dead or damaged skin (debridement), amputation or permanent loss of use of any part of the body, treatment of second and third degree burns. Procedures which are diagnostic in nature are not considered by themselves to constitute medical treatment. Visits to a physician, physical examinations, x-ray examinations, and brief hospitalization for observations, where no evidence of injury or illness is found and no medical treatment given, do not in themselves constitute medical treatment. However, if scheduled workdays are lost because of hospitalization, the case must be reported. Procedures which are preventative in nature also are not considered by themselves to constitute medical treatment. Tetanus and flu shots are considered preventative in nature. First aid includes any one-time treatment and follow-up visit for the purpose of observation of minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters, etc. Ointments, salves, antiseptics, and dressings to minor injuries are considered to be first aid.
(ii) Medical treatment includes examination for removal of imbedded foreign material, multiple soakings, whirlpool treatment, treatment of infection, or other professional treatments and any treatment involving more than a minor spot-type injury. Treatment of abrasions occurring to greater than full skin depth is considered medical treatment.
(ii) Medical treatment includes multiple soakings, draining of collected blood, or other treatment beyond observation.
(3) Burns, Thermal and Chemical (resulting in destruction of tissue by direct contact).
(ii) Medical treatment includes a series of treatments including soaks, whirlpool, skin grafts, and surgical debridement (cutting away dead skin). Most second and third degree burns require medical treatment.
(4) Cuts and Lacerations
(ii) Medical treatment includes the application of butterfly closures for noncosmetic purposes, sutures (stitches), surgical debridement, treatment of infection, or other professional treatment.
(5) Eye Injuries
(ii) Medical treatment cases involve removal of imbedded foreign objects, use of prescription medications, or other professional treatment.
(6) Inhalation of Toxic or Corrosive Gases
(ii) Medical treatment consists of any professional treatment beyond that mentioned under first aid and all cases involving loss of consciousness.
(7) Splinters and Puncture Wounds
(ii) Medical treatment consists of removal of foreign objects) by physician due to depth of imbedment, size or shape of object(s), or location of wound. Treatment for infection, treatment of a reaction to tetanus booster, or other professional treatment, is considered medical treatment.
(8) Sprains and Strains
(ii) Medical treatment includes a series of hot and cold soaks, use of whirlpools, diathermy treatment, or other professional treatment.