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Safe Rail Haulage
Since 1995, there have been five fatal and one permanently disabling accident associated with the positioning, loading and transporting of heavy off-track equipment and longwall shields using rail systems. Modern mining methods require moving large material and equipment throughout the mine. Follow these best practices when hauling large loads:
The danger of sliding materials is especially present when hauling long supplies such as track rail, waterline, or beams. An easy and effective way of protecting the locomotive operator is to place an empty supply car between the locomotive and the materials being transported.
A Miner's Tip on Shield Transportation Safety is located on the MSHA internet site at: http://www.msha.gov/Accident_Prevention/Tips/longwallshield.asp. Additional information on the hazards when transporting off-track equipment can be found in the Program Information Bulletin No. P11-05 also on the MSHA internet site at: http://www.msha.gov/regs/complian/PIB/2011/pib11-05.asp
REMEMBER: Never place supply haulage cars with long material that can slide next to the locomotive.