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

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Surface Fall of Persons
Construction Welder

A welder for a surface construction company was injured recently when he fell into thermal dryer cyclone unit. The injured, equipped with a full body harness and lanyard, entered the pressure relief door of the cyclone to clean coal fines from the top of the cyclone unit and to install a work deck over the cyclone opening in advance of welding repairs to the door and connecting duct work.

After some initial cleaning, the injured man handed his lanyard to a coworker, preparing to reposition himself. Suddenly, the injured slipped and fell headlong into the cyclone unit. The injured worker was extricated from the cyclone with the use of a mobile crane. He was transported to a hospital via ambulance where he received treatment for a head laceration.

  • Wear safety belts and harnesses with lifelines attached in locations where there is danger of falling.
  • Maintain or re-establish connections or tie- offs when moving from one location to another.
  • Use the “three points of contact” method when climbing.
  • All workers required to climb or work in areas where there is a danger of falling should be trained in the proper use and maintenance of lifelines, safety belts, and harnesses.

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This information was provided by concerned miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. If you wish to share any accident or “close call” information within District 8, please contact the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.