YOUR SAFETY RIGHTS
UNDER THE CONTRACT
Employee will be required to work under conditions he has
reasonable grounds to believe to be abnormally and immediately
dangerous to himself beyond the normal hazards inherent in the
operation which could reasonably be expected to cause death or
serious physical harm before such condition or practice can be
abated. When an Employee in good faith believes that he is being
required to work under such conditions he shall immediately notify
his supervisor of such belief and the specific physical conditions
he believes exist. The Employee shall state the factual basis for
his belief but shall not be required to cite applicable law or
regulation. Unless there is a dispute between the Employee and
management as to the existence of such condition, steps shall be
taken to immediately to correct or prevent exposure to utilizing
all necessary Employees, including the involved Employee.
Tell your foreman the reason you feel the assignment is
unsafe and if you can not reach a compatible decision, ask for
alternate work and tell the foreman you are withdrawing yourself
under you safety rights and ask for a safety committeeman to be
called to the site. They have four hours to provide one.
Federal Mine Safety & Heath Act of 1977
Congress declares that-
|(a) The first
priority and concern of all in the coal or other mining industry
must be the health and safety of its most precious resource- the
|30 CFR which
is the Federal law that applies to the underground mines.
MINER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO OPERATE UNSAFE EQUIPMENT
procedure when equipment is believed to be unsafe. When a miner
believes the equipment he or she is operating, or is assigned to
operate, is unsafe the miner shall cease or refuse to operate the
alleged unsafe equipment and shall promptly inform his or her
immediate supervisor as to the identity of the alleged unsafe
equipment and the particular alleged defect causing the equipment
to be unsafe.
|IF you run
unsafe equipment, it is because YOU WANT to do it!
What are the consequences of your actions???
operational checks will be done on your shift. If there is
anything wrong with it, either take it to the barn or get a diesel
mechanic to fix it. You
cannot work on this equipment unless you have been trained to do
Rides must be checked from quarter till the hour till quarter
after the hour.
|Rides that are
¼ tank or less must go to get fueled up before entering the mine.
Also, if they are within 5 hours of the required 100 hour
check, they must go to the barn. You
cannot take them in the mine.
diesel rides have had smoke coming from the exhaust filter.
Procedures are that you immediately shut off the ride, call the
shift foreman and tow it to the motor barn.
In no circumstances should you take the cover off the
filter, as it will probably flame up.
A state diesel inspector said that only diesel mechanics
are allowed to remove the cover and filter.
Do not switch in a spur and leave it running, shut off
immediately. On the East
side of the mine, check the spurs, if you are switching in, to
make sure there are CO, NO, NO2 detectors in the switch.
If not you cannot switch there.
The West side are cutting the diesel spurs and do not need
the detectors, just enough air for the diesels.
Check the Diesel Plan.
have two sections that have a 925 feet track variance.
Along with stipulations of center bolting and other
requirements, one in particular is the EMU.
EMU’s are for emergency use only, not transporting
personnel, parts and anything else.
Each shift, section foreman are required to check it to
make sure everything is there and it is charged. Anything missing
must be replaced immediately. An
entry in the fire boss book is required.
Everyone should be familiar with the track variances.
|WV State law:
Radios: Every person
underground must have a working radio at all times.
What do you do when your radio battery goes dead?
Tell your foremen who will then get one sent underground
for you. If you are close
enough to the bottom, go outside and get one.
Who is required to carry detectors?
Fire bosses, miner and shear operators, mechanics, center
bolters, persons working by themselves, or groups of person
working together. How often
do you check for gas? For
miner/shear operators, center bolters working where line curtain
is hanging, every 20 minutes. Methane Monitors that are on the
miners cannot be used for the 20 minute checks. How much air has
to be in an entry for center bolting?
Minimum 3000 cfm. If
you are not sure, have your foreman take an air reading.
|How often do
you have to rock dust?
Plan: What does it say
about test holes, checking torque on bolts, rib bolts, channel
spacing, adverse top conditions?
Plan: Dust control… how
much air do you have to have, what about bleeders?
|What is an ERP
Plan? What is it for??
|Who is the
responsible person on your shift?
|What is the
cutting and welding policy? For
longwalls and other areas of the mine?
What is required by Federal and State Laws?
SEE A SAFETY COMMITTEEMAN