A 38-year-old miner received fatal injuries while he was working on the pad of a highwall mining machine (HWM), says the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
The miner was contacted in pinch point between a post and a section of the HWM that was being removed as part of the normal mining cycle.
- Establish and discuss safe work procedures for removing push beams. Identify and control all hazards and develop methods to protect miners.
- Determine the proper working position to avoid pinch points. Monitor personnel to ensure safe work procedures are followed.
- Always follow the equipment manufacturer’s recommended maintenance procedures and discuss these procedures during training.
- Train miners to recognize potential hazardous conditions and understand safe job procedures before beginning work.