North / South America
MSHA - Coal Mine Fatality
Mar, 14 2012
MSHA - Coal Mine Fatality.
On Sunday, February 26, 2012, at 1:15 a.m., a 52-year-old deckhand with 4 years of mining experience was determined missing. He had been assigned the task of measuring the draft of a set of empty barges that were to be loaded. He had to cross from the dock to the first empty barge. Witnesses observed him on the empty barge walking up-river on the barge. He apparently fell from the barge into the water. Co-workers saw his cap in the water and immediately called for the rescue squad. The victim was found beneath the bow of the dock at approximately 2:30 a.m. The miner was wearing a flotation device, but the flotation device was not designed to keep an unconscious miner's face above water.
- Utilize electronic devices to determine the draft in barges.
- Install and use lifeline tie-off systems to provide fall protection over water.
- Utilize and maintain sufficient area lighting and personal lighting.
- Set up a look out and communications protocol. Do not work alone.
- Ensure safe access is provided where persons are required to work or travel. Watch footing and stay clear of ropes, cables, and other obstacles. Use de-icing material to clear ice from walkways. Maintain three points of contact where practicable.
- Wear properly fitted personal flotation devices (PFD) that are designed to keep an unconscious miner's face above water.
- Utilize wearable electronic emergency warning systems to immediately notify others of a fall into water. These devices can be equipped with water activated strobe lights and global positioning system (GPS) tracking.
Irish materials giant CRH today sealed a £4.9bn expansion deal that includes buying the Lafarge Tarmac business in the UK. More
Nigeria’s Ashaka Cement, a unit of Lafarge, reported a 5% fall in half year pretax profit to $21m (4.17 billion naira) compared with the same period a year ago. More