December 30, 2013
As the year draws to a close, consider a new year’s resolution regarding safe operations during 2014. Safe work practices not only protect workers, but also your bottom line.
Below is a list of the top 10 citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) during 2013. Citations are sorted by sand and gravel and crushed stone operations and apply to surface operations only.
Top Sand and Gravel Citations
56.14107(a)/Moving machine parts: 1,560 citations
56.12004/Electrical conductors: 1,132 citations
50.30(a)/Preparation and submission of MSHA Form 7000-2–Quarterly Employment and Coal Production Report: 882 citations
56.14100(b)/Safety defects; examination, correction and records: 746 citations
56.14132(a)/Horns and backup alarms: 669 citations
56.14112(b)/Construction and maintenance of guards: 484 citations (2.74%, no. 11 with 2.22% for stone)
56.12028/Testing grounding systems: 436 citations
56.12032/Inspection and cover plates: 433 citations
56.14101(a)(2)/Brakes: 430 citations
56.9300(a)/Berms or guardrails: 394 citations
Top Stone Citations
56.14107(a)/Moving machine parts: 1,068 citations
56.12004/Electrical conductors: 1,007 citations
56.14100(b)/Safety defects; examination, correction and records: 788 citations
4132(a)/Horns and backup alarms: 644 citations
50.30(a)/Preparation and submission of MSHA Form 7000-2–Quarterly Employment and Coal Production Report: 496 citations
56.20003(a)/Housekeeping: 489 citations (2.74%)
56.11001/Safe access: 452 citations
56.12032/Inspection and cover plates: 441 citations
56.14100(c)/Safety defects; examination, correction, and records: 421 citations
56.14101(a)(2)/Brakes: 418 citations
It’s worth noting the sharp nosedive in citations issued for guarding violations. In 2010, 1,325 citations were issued to surface stone, sand and gravel operations. In 2013, that number decreased by 500 citations, with 825 citations being issued through mid-December.
Moving machine parts continues to be a highly cited issue in both sand and gravel and stone operations, taking the top spot in each category.
For more information about good guarding practices, see our Operations Illustrated segment, featuring interviews with MSHA’s Joe Main and Neal Merrifield, and Rogers Group’s Ed Elliott. Click here to view the story.