MSHA Alert: Accident Prevention

| Published on October 24, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 4.26.35 PMThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported Tuesday that one fatal and four serious accidents have occurred in October at metal and nonmetal mines.

The accidents were:

  • A fatal accident involving an electrician who died after he fell 8 feet from a ladder when a cable tray detached from the wall,

  • A serious accident involving an electrician who was burned by an arc flash after energizing a 4,160-volt breaker,

  • A serious accident involving an electrician who was burned by an arc flash while using a hot stick in the plant’s substation,

  • A serious accident involving a miner who fell about 10 feet to the ground from a jaw crusher cat walk, and

  • A serious accident involving a miner who fell several feet through a roof that was under construction.

In a September report, MSHA noted that “October is historically the deadliest month for miners,” adding that industry professionals should “stay alert and take the necessary actions needed to stop these accidents from recurring.”

MSHA recommends the following best practices for accident prevention:

  • Analyze the job before starting work

  • Identify the hazards

  • Follow manufacturer’s service guides

  • Take necessary safety precautions:

•De-energize and lockout all electrical circuits
•Block equipment components to prevent movement
•Establish safe access
•Use proper tools
•Wear protective clothing and personal protective equipment
•Use fall protection
•Watch out for fellow workers

To view the full report, click here.

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