MSHA serious accident alert – cranes

MSHA has issued a serious accident alert concerning crane use.

The right side lifting strap shifted striking the miner’s right hand. The miner suffered severe lacerations to his right hand
The right side lifting strap shifted striking the miner’s right hand. The miner suffered severe lacerations to his right hand

Two miners were riding on a section of conveyor that was being hoisted by a crane at a sand and gravel mine.

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.

Best practices

  • Secure loads before lifting with cranes
  • Implement measures to ensure persons are properly positioned and protected from hazards while performing a task
  • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and to understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards before beginning work

Note:
30 CFR 56.16011:  Riding hoisted loads or on the hoist hook.
Persons shall not ride on loads being moved by cranes or derricks, nor shall they ride the hoisting hooks unless such method eliminates a greater hazard.

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