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1.  Start-of-Shift Activities Sign in at mailbox Proceed to dry house to change clothes Check in at lamp house or dry house Obtain PPE Hard hat with hearing muffs and/or ear plugs Safety glasses Metatarsal boots Leg bands Metacarpal gloves Florescent and reflective vest Rain suits (when needed) Meet with other topman and discuss work phase Check to see if bottom tools are ready Blow pipe Scraper - two good bolts, nuts, and washers, and two crescent wrenches Three shovels 1 1/4" air hose - minimum of 15 feet 2.  Mucking Check backhoe Check motor and hydraulic oil Fill motor oil to overflow plug with 15W 40 motor oil Fill hydraulic oil tank 2/3 full with ISO 46 hydraulic oil Check that it has been greased Check tools/materials Hammer Water nozzle Spads 9 wire Picks Shaft bar 2 crescent wrenches Ball string Grease gun and tube of grease Visually inspect backhoe Check chain and clevis Secure boom and outrigger Secure all tools Check hoses and levers Check for cracks in boom Send backhoe into hole Hook backhoe to hoist Ensure cable is centered over backhoe Signal to hoist operator to pick up Stand away from backhoe during initial lift Steady backhoe Do not travel under backhoe Stay out of pinch points while lift is occurring Signal to hoist operator to swing to the shaft center Go to crow's nest Observe that the backhoe is on center and steady Signal to hoist operator to lower to bottom Listen for contact with obstructions as it is being lowered Observe cable for shake or whip This indicates that backhoe has touched bottom or contacted an obstruction Signal hoist operator to stop at indication of a problem Send personnel into hole Hook up mantrip bucket Ensure self-rescuers are in the mantrip bucket Signal hoist operator to lift the bucket Clean bottom of bucket Signal hoist operator to swing to mantrip center Travel to the crow's nest Obtain the bell button Signal hoist operator to lower personnel Observe personnel being lowered into the shaft Listen for signals from personnel Observe cable for shake or whip This indicates that bucket has touched bottom or contacted obstruction Signal hoist operator to stop at indication of a problem Listen for signals to turn on air and water Warn personnel in the hole air is coming on Listen for response Turn air on slowly Turn water valve on Listen for major air leaks during the shift If leaks are heard, turn off immediately Listen for signals to turn off air and water Close air valve Use hearing protection Bleed air off slowly Close water valve Obtain truck and loader Grease muck buckets Prior to mucking shift When turning the backhoe Oil ears and bail stop Send muck bucket into hole Signal hoist operator to swing to muck bucket Hook on dump side of bucket Stand clear of bucket Signal hoist operator to lift bucket Clean bottom of bucket Signal hoist operator to swing to muck center Repeat process for second bucket Dump muck bucket Turn bucket to dump side Always dump bucket toward you Ensure both bucket ears are latched Could cause bucket to dump unexpectedly if both ears are not latched Position yourself so you have an escape route when dumping the bucket Beware of slip, trip, and fall hazards Flip bucket ears Ensure only one person is in charge of flipping ears Look for big rocks Big rocks could cause pinching or struck by type of injuries Rock bucket from center of dump side of bucket from front to back to relieve pressure on ears Dump the bucket weight on dump side If bucket is loaded with the weight on the dump side, bucket will dump itself when ears are flipped Dump an evenly loaded bucket If bucket is loaded evenly, a slight pull from the center of the dump side is needed to dump bucket Dump the bucket weight on the back side Signal to set bucket on the ground Let the bail down Flip both ears in front of the bail Signal the hoist operator to lift the bucket Flip one ear on bucket to send back in the hole Keep fingers out of pinch points If possible, flip the ear on the bail stop side Steady bucket and clean bottom Monitor the bucket constantly for damage Broken ears Loose counter weights Burrs on bucket rim Cracks in the bail or bucket Rocks stuck in the counter weights Clean bucket as needed during the shift Turn bucket upside down This is a two person job Clean the bottom of the bucket Strike bottom of bucket with sledge hammer until material breaks loose Appropriate PPE is required Listen for tone change when material breaks loose Clean bottom Send in bottom tools using the muck bucket when notified Blow pipe Scraper - two good bolts, nuts, and washers, and two crescent wrenches Three shovels 1 1/4" air hose - minimum of 15 feet Latch both ears When anything is in the bucket Ensure all three compressors are running 3.  Loading and Hauling Muck Conduct pre-operational check on loader and dump truck Follow company pre-operational check list Notify supervisor if defects are found Fuel equipment Stay with the nozzle while refueling Grease equipment Block or chock equipment from movement Take the keys Load truck with muck after the fourth bucket is dumped Do not overload the truck Four loader bucket of muck per truck Keep loader bucket as low as possible except when dumping Haul muck to muck pile Dump load at the toe of the berm and additional loads tight to the previously dumped load Do not drive with the bed up Do not dump on uneven ground Travel back to the hole Position the truck for loading Disengage transmission Set park brake Repeat this process until mucking is completed and all muck is cleaned up Return truck and loader to their parking area 4.  Cable Examination Conducted every 7 days (Usually Sunday day shift) and if hoist has been down for a full operating shift Cable examinations are recorded in the hoist book (date and time ragged) and initialed by hoist operator Begin cable exam when boom is over crow's nest Place chalk mark on cable directly in front of hoist Go to crow's nest with a piece of burlap and wrap lightly around cable Hold burlap around cable as cable is lowered into hole  and check for burs, broken wires, deformities Wait until another person has positioned himself in front of the hoist house Remove the mark when mark reaches you Instruct hoist operator to lower cable into the hole while second person rags remaining cable with burlap Discuss any defects found with foreman Refer to Subpart O for guidance on out of service criteria Attach shaft bucket to make a trial run in the hole 5.  Preventative Maintenance Grease derrick fittings Obtain grease gun Take extra tube of grease Obtain two-way radios Get into bucket of 2nd hoist with helper Consider tie-off options Signal hoist operator for bucket positioning Grease boom block  Instruct hoist operator to reposition boom to grease the second boom block Instruct hoist operator to reposition boom to grease the fittings on top of derrick Service drill rig Use tube grease Grease all pivot points Grease until you see a show of grease Grease hammers Apply three pumps of grease Two fittings, one at the top and one at the base Fill drill reservoir until it starts to come out of the overflow with Rock Drill 100 Reservoir located in center of rig Perform steel maintenance Examine the steels, collars, and bits Check all threads for wear Check bits for pitch As they wear the pitch gets straighter Check steels for obstructions Blow through steel Grease all threads with drill steel lubricant Remove striker bar from hammer Examine seals Replace striker bar seal as needed Check materials on drill rig 6 X 6 blocks 1 X 6 pieces of wood Wedges 2 X 2 plugs Pipe wrench Hammer Crescent wrench Striker bar Extra steel and collar Pressure wash drill rig weekly or as needed Service backhoe Hook up 1" air hose Use whip check Remove bolts from scraper Extend boom and remove scraper Change motor oil Remove bottom drain plug Drain oil into a container Dispose of oil in used oil drum Replace drain plug Remove overflow plug Remove fill cap and clean area Add new 15W 40 motor oil until it comes out of overflow Approximately 3 quarts Replace overflow plug Replace fill cap Grease backhoe Grease all hinge points on boom and bucket Grease swinger cylinder Grease outriggers Apply until you have a show of grease Check hydraulic fluid Tank located on operator's left side Clean area around fill cap Remove fill cap Check oil level Tank should be 2/3 full with ISO 46 Replace fill cap Check air oiler level Oiler is located on right side of operator's seat Clean area and remove cap Fill to top of reservoir with Rock Drill 100 Replace cap Pressure wash backhoe weekly Check tools/materials Hammer Water nozzle Spads 9 wire Picks Shaft bar 2 crescent wrenches Ball string Grease gun and tube of grease