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Safety Bulletin – March 2013

MSHA FATALGRAM METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On January 21, 2013, a 54-year old mechanic with 6 years of experience was killed at a lime operation. The victim went to a kiln pre-heat deck to repair a leaking hydraulic cylinder that activates a pusher arm on the kiln. He was caught between the corner of the angle iron and the plate connecting the push rods.

Best Practices

  • • Establish and discuss safe work procedures. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed along with the methods to properly protect persons.
  • • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and understand safe job procedures to eliminate all hazards before beginning work.
  • • Require all persons to be positioned to prevent them from being exposed to any hazards. Monitor personnel to ensure safe work procedures, including lock out/ tag out and safe work positioning, are followed.