District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
A Near Miss
Recently, District 5 experienced two serious pinch-point accidents involving battery powered haulage equipment. Both incidents are similar in the type, location, and time frame. Thus, there is a need for increased awareness to emphasize preventive maintenance on equipment and safe work procedures when working in proximity to rubber-tired haulage equipment. Both accidents resulted in very serious crushing injuries. One of these miners was a Red Hat.
|A serious injury occurred when an employee positioned himself between a tractor and coal feeder. He was preparing to unhook a chain used to free a stuck conveyor chain, when the tractor operator energized the pump motor of the tractor. The tractor lunged in reverse, pinning the victim between the feeder and bumper of the tractor.||A serious injury occurred when an employee positioned himself between the tailpiece and the battery end of the scoop. He was preparing to hook a chain between the two, when the scoop operator engaged the foot switch; the scoop lunged quickly and caught the victim between the scoop and tailpiece.|
- Don't place yourself in a vulnerable position near mobile equipment.
- When operating machinery, be aware of your coworker's location.
- Never assume that mobile equipment operators can see you.
- Never operate equipment unless you are properly task trained.
- Always sound an alarm before starting or moving mobile equipment.