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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