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MSHA Final Report Issued for Fatality on February 8, 2021



July 15, 2021 - On February 8, 2021, a miner was fatally injured when he became entangled in a fluted tail pulley while attempting to shovel under an adjacent fluted tail pulley.

Best Practices

  • Design, install and maintain area guards with signage and locks in addition to the physical barrier.  Find more information on area guarding at

  • Design and maintain secure guards so miners can perform routine maintenance on belt conveyor systems without contacting moving machine parts.

  • Do not perform work on a belt conveyor until the power is off, locked out and tagged, and machinery components are blocked against motion.

  • Never clean pulleys or idlers manually while belt conveyors are operating.

  • Establish policies and procedures for conducting specific tasks on belt conveyors.

  • Ensure that people assigned to work on belt conveyors are task trained, understand the associated hazards, and demonstrate safe work procedures before beginning work.

  • Ensure all new miners receive new miner training and task training.

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Miners and mine operators can find safety and health information on