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District 8 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
Info-Grams and Close Call Accidents

Close Call Graphic Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration

September 2000

Scoop Accident
Hinge Point

Scoop Accident

A serious accident occurred recently at a District 8 underground mine when a brattice man was riding on top of a battery scoop. The miner had positioned himself at the hinge-point of the scoop, behind the operator's cab with his legs over the side of the scoop. The scoop operator turned a corner and the miner's foot was pinched/crushed between the two moving sections of the scoop. The injured miner sustained a fractured left ankle.
  • Never ride on top of equipment. Use only seats or compartments designed for carrying personnel.
  • Keep all portions of your body inside of the passenger or operator's compartment when operating or riding in moving equipment. Your head, arms, and legs should never protrude outside of equipment in motion.
  • Be aware of and avoid all "pinch-points."
  • Do not attempt to get on or off of moving equipment.

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This information was provided by concerned miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.