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YOUR SAFETY RIGHTS UNDER THE CONTRACT

Article III, Section (i) 
(1) No 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.
Short version; 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.

The Federal Mine Safety & Heath Act of 1977

An Act states:

Findings and Purpose
Section.2 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 miner.
30 CFR which is the Federal law that applies to the underground mines.
State Mining Law  
36-8-4 NO MINER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO OPERATE UNSAFE EQUIPMENT
3.1 Miners 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???

Diesel Equipment

Pre 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 so.
Emergency 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.
Recently two 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.

Track Variances

We currently 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.
Detectors: 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?
Roof Control Plan: What does it say about test holes, checking torque on bolts, rib bolts, channel spacing, adverse top conditions?
Ventilation 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?
QUESTIONS: SEE A SAFETY COMMITTEEMAN 

Farmington, WV

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) - U.S. Department of Labor

NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training Homepage

Explosion Photo

Monongah Photo 1907

Monongah Disaster
"On the 6th of Dec., 1907
361 coal miners, many of
them from countries far
across the sea, perished
under these hills in the
worst mining disaster of
our nation. The four who
escaped died of injuries."

 

April 2014 Safety Report

 

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