MSHA Reports Serious Injury Incident

SOURCE: MSHA | May 30, 2019

On May 7, 2019, a miner suffered burns to his body when superheated gases carrying hot, fine, alkaline particles were forcefully expelled through an open process vessel door.

The victim was on a platform 5-6 feet above other miners who were setting off a Cardox charge to free a blockage in the vessel. He opened the door around the same time they set off the charge.

Best Practices from Mine Safety and Health Administrations are: 

• Wear appropriate protective clothing when working around superheated materials.

• Develop and follow safe work procedures for performing hazardous tasks.

• Ensure that equipment operators establish good communications between themselves and other miners that may be working around or near their work areas.

• Stay out of the line of fire when unchoking vessels, chutes and hoppers.

• Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and ensure they understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards.

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