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Safety Alert: Proximity Detection System Installations, Maintenance and Checks

On February 11, 2016 a scoop equipped with a proximity detection system (PDS) was tramming through a line curtain toward a miner located on the opposite side. The miner was wearing a miner wearable component (MWC) and was on his knees, in the process of “spadding down” the curtain. The scoop bucket was in the raised position above the miner, who was able to roll out of the way without being contacted. The scoop operator heard the miner and stopped the scoop. The miner received a broken leg and was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment.


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