Safety Bulletin – Serious Accident

October 31, 2017 Tara

Serious Accident
Surface – Sand and Gravel – A miner received an electrical shock while working in a 480-volt electrical control panel for a portable crusher without locking and tagging out the circuit. The injured miner was transported to a local hospital, treated, and released.

Best Practices
? Develop, communicate, and follow a written plan before performing electrical work to ensure that safety is maximized for all miners involved in the task.
? Prior to conducting any electrical work, identify hazards, establish safe limits of approach, and determine appropriate PPE ratings.
? Wear properly rated and well maintained PPE.
? Before working on equipment, always de-energize, lock and tag out the circuit with your lock and tag.
? Test to ensure electrical circuits are de-energized using properly rated test equipment prior to performing work.
? Use properly rated electrical meters and non-contact voltage testers to ensure electrical circuits are de-energized prior to performing electrical work.

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