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MNM Serious Accident Alert - Surface Screen Plant

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On February 8, 2018, a plant operator was shoveling material from around a crusher when a rock fell from the Surge Bin deck above, striking the victim on the head. The rock split the victim's hardhat and the miner suffered a serious head injury.

Best Practices
  • Install adequate guarding in areas where miners work to protect them from the hazards of falling or flying material.
  • Keep walkways clear.  Remove all loose materials and other hazards before working.
  • Eliminate or minimize material spillage from belts, bins and hoppers.  
  • Be mindful of falling material hazards and the risks from rock that can fly out from the screening plant.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment.
  • Restrict access to areas prone to falling or flying material
  • Establish and discuss safe work procedures. 
  • Task train miners to recognize and eliminate all potential hazardous conditions and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task.

This alert can be posted on bulletin boards, used in safety talks, or given to miners and contractors as a hand out.