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Bulldozer Accident_Prevention_Alert_1-17-2014


 Bulldozer Best Practices:

  1. Conduct adequate examinations of working areas especially during adverse weather conditions. Additional examinations may be needed where frozen ground exists.
  2. Train examiners to know the hazards of frozen ground (equipment can slide and sudden ground failures can occur).
  3. Correct hazardous conditions before equipment is operated or ground is travelled upon.
  4. Operate equipment within its design limitations.
  5. Clear-out slopes of large rock or stumps where track-mounted equipment will operate.
  6. Install roll-over-protection (ROPS) and wear seatbelts at all times.

See attached pdf.

3M DBI-SALA Lad-Saf Sleeve Voluntary Recall – US EN

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Product Stop Use and Recall / Replacement Notice Immediate Action Required: DBI-SALA Lad-Saf™ Sleeve

August 30, 2016

Dear 3M Customer:

 After more than 30 years of use in the fall protection industry, the original Lad-Saf™ sleeve has been replaced by a completely redesigned next generation Lad-Saf sleeve.

Capital Safety/3M recently reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve in the field, including a limited number of incidents involving a serious injury or death in the United States while using the sleeve. Although our review did not reveal product hazard or risk scenarios that would arise in the ordinary and proper use of the product, it did reveal potential misuse scenarios that could result in serious injury or death. The potential misuse scenarios include interference with the braking mechanism (such as entanglement with cords, lanyards, clothing or other materials, or grasping the sleeve prior to or during a fall), or result from the user attaching the sleeve upside down (user inversion). No safety regulator has made a finding that the design of the original Lad-Saf sleeve is defective.

See attached pdf.

MSHA Fatalgram: Mine Superintendent Killed at a Limestone Quarry

MSHA Fatalgram Mine Superintendent Killed at a Limestone Quarry


On June 27, 2016, a 61-year old Mine Superintendent, with 24 years of experience, was killed at a limestone quarry. The victim was building a ramp to the lower bench, was positioning his haul truck to dump a load of material near the edge of a high-wall, and rolled backwards over the 90-foot-high-wall.

 See attached fatalgram.

Serious Injury Alert: Electrician Contacts 14,400 Volts

Serious Injury Alert Electrician Contacts 14,400 Volts


MSHA Alert: An electrician was operating a man lift when his left shoulder contacted the 14,400 volt overhead powerlines and received burns to his left shoulder, both arms and hands. 


  • Identify hazards associated with tasks prior to work assignments.
  • Ensure that high-voltage power lines are de-energized before operating equipment within 10 feet / 3.04 M of them.     
  • Have Power Company install insulated sleeves attached directly to the power line.
  • Use warning lines with flags to visibly show were a power line’s buffer zone is located. This option requires the installation of flagged warning lines to the side and below the power line. The warning line must be made of non-conductive materials.     
  • Ensure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment. Test the controls and inspect the aerial lift before use each day. Make sure that all controls are clearly marked as to their function. 
  • See attached pdf. serious alert.
  • This alert can be posted on bulletin boards, used in safety talks, or given to miners and contractors as a hand out.

MSHA Close Call Accident Rock Fall Impacts Bucket

MSHA Close Call Accident Rock Fall Impacts Bucket aug-31-2016


Sand & Gravel – Surface – A loader operator was loading out material from the toe of the highwall. As the miner finished filling the bucket, a rock came off the highwall and impacted the bucket. The rock damaged the rock guard, smashed the fender into the tire, knocked the work light off and came to rest against the cab, damaging the window.


  1. Operate excavators with the cab perpendicular to, and swinging away from, the highwall.
  2. Immediately remove all personnel exposed to hazardous ground conditions, barricade, and/or post signs to prevent entry, and promptly correct unsafe conditions.
  3. Use mining methods that ensure highwall stability and safe working conditions.
  4. Look, Listen and Evaluate your highwall and pit conditions daily, especially after each rain, freeze, or thaw.
  5. Establish and discuss safe work procedures for working near highwalls. Be your own examiner and find hazards before they find you.

 Serious Accident Hand Injury Alert

serious-accident-hand-injury-alert-sept-03-2016 PDF.


Two miners were riding on a section of conveyor that was being hoisted by a crane. The two miners were standing on the attached walkway of the conveyor. One miner was signaling the crane operator to hoist up with his left hand and while his right hand was on the top rail of the conveyor. The right side lifting strap shifted striking the miner’s right hand. The miner suffered severe lacerations to his right hand.

 See attached pdf.


Hazard Alert – Water Related Fatalities MSHA Alert

water-related-fatalities-alert-2016-08-29-final PDF.


24 water related fatalities in metal nonmetal since 2005!

Working Near Water Hazards

 HAZARD – Working around, over, or near water

POTENTIAL OUTCOME – Entrapment, drowning

RISKS – Traveling or operating equipment near water, equipment weight and vibration, undercut banks, sloughing ground, varied water depth, swift currents, inadequate berms, narrow roadways, electrocution.

 Best Practices

 Conduct daily workplace examinations.

Know the water depth and subsurface conditions and ground conditions before you begin work.

Keep equipment a safe distance back from the water’s edge.

Avoid traveling over ice covered water.

See attached pdf for more.


DOL / MSHA Safety Alert – Ten Roof Falls

dol-alert-ten-roof-falls PDF.


 DOL / MSHA Safety Alert – Ten Roof Falls

During the months of July and August, 2016, ten roof falls occurred on working sections after the roof was bolted. Such roof falls in by the loading point are particularly dangerous because they occur where most miners work. Fortunately, no injuries have been associated with these ten falls. These types of accidents can be reduced, if not eliminated when miners use the following Best Practices as a guide. 

Best Practices:  

    1. Know and follow the approved roof control plan.
    2. Make frequent examinations, and be alert to changing conditions which may affect roof or rib conditions.
    3. Install additional roof and/or rib support when adverse conditions are encountered or anticipated.
    4. Use supplemental support for immediate roof control such as screen, steel straps, header boards or larger roof bolt plates.
    5. When retreat mining, withdraw equipment immediately if the roof becomes unstable.
    6. Where appropriate, use extra support in the vicinity of the last row of bolts to prevent a roof fall that initiates in the unbolted cut from extending out by.
    7. Use test holes to check for cracks and other hazards above the roof bolts.
    8. Tell mine management and other miners about unusual roof or rib conditions.
    9. Never travel under unsupported roof.

See attached pdf.

MNM Close Call Alert – Miner Trapped

close-call-alert-phosphate-surface-msha-sept-10-2016 PDF.


MNM Close Call Alert – Miner Trapped

A miner became trapped in a truck-dump chute when he attempted to dislodge material that had become bridged. He was trapped for nearly 3 hours. The miner did not sustain serious injuries.

Best Practices:

  1. Establish safe work procedures for any work conducted in these areas Communicate frequently with other miners.
  2. Never work over frozen material feeding into bins, hoppers, and draw-off tunnels.
  3. Disconnect and lock out the circuits controlling the feed before entering.
  4. Always wear a safety belt, lanyards, and/or tag lines when entering these areas, with a second person attending the tag line.
  5. Avoid working around draw holes to feeders and draw-off tunnels on foot, and if necessary, do not work with your back to steep stockpiled material which could shift and slide without warning.

This alert can be posted on bulletin boards, used in safety talks, or given to miners and contractors as a hand out.

See attached pdf.















































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