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MSHA enforcement alert

Posted By Kerry Clines On July 9, 2009 @ 4:11 pm In Aggbeat Online | No Comments

According to one state association, one of its members recently received a citation from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for failure to install handrails on a Cat 345 D excavator. The excavator in question had a factory-installed handrail beside the steps leading up to the cab, but the citation stated that the working platform had no handrails. It stated that there was a 44-inch opening on the cab side and a 72-inch opening on the opposite side, and that the platform was approximately 8 feet above ground level, which exposed miners to the possibility of injuries.

The association member was justifiably concerned about this violation. Equipment manufacturers and dealers¬†are working with aggregates producers to get machines into compliance with MSHA directives. Cat installs handrails on its equipment in compliance with ISO 2867 and SAE J185 regulations, which state: “10.3 — Platforms and walkways shall be provided with guardrails if the vertical distance from the open side of a platform or walkway is greater than 3 meters above the ground or another platform.”

There seems to be some discrepancy in height limits. Be alert for MSHA compliance/enforcement activities focusing on this issue.

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