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MAR 2019

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62 • ROCK products • March 2019 FOCUS ON HEALTH & SAFETY The Mine Safety and Health Adminis- tration (MSHA) reported that on Jan. 5, a 55-year-old contract miner received fatal injuries when he was pinned between a pneumatically powered air lock equipment door and the con- crete rib barrier located near the shaft bottom. This was the first fatality reported in calendar year 2019 in the mining indus- try and it was classified as Machinery. As of that date in 2018 there were no fatalities in the mining industry. MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident: •  Design and maintain ventilation controls, including airlock doors to provide air separation and permit travel between or within air courses or entries. •  Ensure that airlock doors are designed and maintained to prevent simultaneous opening of both sets of doors. •  Ensure miners are trained in the proper use of automatic doors and procedures to follow in the event the doors malfunction. •  Provide means to override auto- matic airlock doors and allow manual operation in case of an emergency. •  Keep the path of automatic doors clear of miners and equipment. •  When changes in ventilation are made, test automatic doors to ensure they operate safely under the new conditions. •  Perform thorough examinations of airlock doors to assure safe operating conditions. When a hazardous condi- tion is found, remove the doors from service until they are repaired. MSHA also reported that on Jan. 14, a 56-year-old survey crew member with approximately 30 years of mining experience was fatally injured after he was struck by a loaded shuttle car. The victim was measuring the mining height in an entry that was part of the travelway used by the shuttle car to access the section feeder. This was the second fatality reported in calendar year 2019 in the mining industry and it was classified as Pow- ered Haulage. As of that date in 2018 there were no fatalities in the mining industry. MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident: • Before performing work in an active haulage travelway, communicate your position and intended movements to mobile equipment operators and park mobile equipment until work has been completed. •  Never assume mobile equipment operators can see you. Always wear reflective clothing and permissible strobe lights to ensure high visibil- ity when traveling or working where mobile equipment is operating. •  Be aware of blind spots on mobile equipment when traveling in the same areas where mobile equipment operates. •  Place visible warning and barrier devices at all entrances to areas prior to performing work in active travel- ways of mobile equipment. •  Operate mobile equipment at safe speeds and sound audible warnings when visibility is obstructed, making turns, reversing direction, etc. Ensure sound levels of audible warnings are significantly higher than ambient noise. •  Ensure directional lights are on when equipment is being operated. Main- tain all lights provided on mobile equipment in proper working condi- tion at all times. MSHA Reports Year's First Fatalities Pure Safety Group (PSG) unveiled two new products to complete its Series line-up of three Guardian Fall Protec- tion safety harnesses, with applications for keeping workers at height safe in many real-life work scenario. All har- nesses meet government standards, exceed ANSI standards and are pending CSA certification. The Series 3 and Series 5 full-body fall protection harnesses are used for personal fall arrest, work positioning, restraint and rescue/confined space applications. Both feature a captivated chest strap that prevents improper adjustment and accidental slippage, rubber web ends that fold over and pro- tect the harnesses against damage, and dual lanyard keepers for safe storage of unused lanyard legs. Both have a loop for easily connecting to a dual SRL connector, freeing up the D-ring for other attachments, and an optional heavy-duty waist pad and belt to accommodate tools. Capacity for the harnesses is 130 to 420 lb. The torso on the Series 3 can be easily adjusted in seconds and its snap-on shoulder padding adds comfort for users while they work. The Velcro-cov- ered label maintains its legibility, and impact indicators alert users if a fall has occurred while the harness has been worn. Pure Safety Group, Pure Safety Group Unveils Two Next Generation Harnesses

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