MNM Serious Accident Alert Surface - Maintenance

Surface - Sand and Gravel – On November 3, 2017, a miner was injured while removing the teeth from an excavator bucket with a sledge hammer.  As the miner was striking one of the teeth, a small piece of metal sheared off the sledge hammer and struck the miner in the leg. 

excavator bucket on left and small piece of metal smaller than penny on right
Best Practices: 
  • Examine your work place for all possible hazards and correct them before you perform work.
  • Inspect hand tools before and after use.
  • Remove defective tools from service.
  • Follow the manufacturers’ recommended safe work procedures for the maintenance task and monitor work to ensure procedures are followed.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing work.