On January 6, 2009, a 41 year-old laborer with 3 years of experience was injured at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was operating a skid steer loader underneath a belt conveyor that was being dismantled. Two coworkers were in an elevated manlift removing a 12-foot piece of 4-inch metal tubing from the leg supports of the belt conveyor frame. The tubing fell into the front of the skid steer loader as it approached the work area, striking the victim. He was hospitalized and died on January 9, 2009. The red line shows the original location of the tubing.

Best Practices

  • Establish and review procedures to ensure all possible hazards have been identified and appropriate controls are in place to protect persons before beginning work. Discuss procedures with all persons present in the work area.
  • Establish policies to ensure that barricades or warning signs are installed to prohibit access and protect persons from falling object hazards.
  • Remove all persons from beneath the area where overhead work is being performed.

Click here for: MSHA Investigation Report(pdf), Overview(powerpoint), Overview(pdf)

The winning team design their noise barrier in my Hearing Conservation Challenge workshop where I shared a hands-on activity to motivate workers to protect their hearing. In spite of the various technical issues at the start we had a good time.

John gets a much needed break from exhibiting at the Eduwhere booth after shaking hands with the Governor of West Virginia. There were more exhibitors than ever this year. Eduwhere provides the MSHA on-line training that I wrote, plus many other subjects on hazardous materials, osha, and more.

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Greetings from the Mine Safety Academy. I arrived here yesterdayand settled in. I’ll try to post a report on what’s going on. I just returned from the breakfast at the cafeteria and registration hasn’t yet opened. I’ll check in later to get a schedule and see what slots I got for my presentation on Wednesday and Thursday. At 11 I have to attend a session on the new smartboards that have been placed in all the rooms. I’ll post more later.

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We just added an exciting new feature to our email lists and web page. We will be asking your opinion from time to time on important safety issues and your needs for training and materials. AND we'll be having some fun with it too with an occasional silly poll or so.


You can participate in the current one by clicking here. It asks three simple questions about what training, materials, and seminars you need for your safety issues.


One thing that will make even the serious surveys fun is that you get to see how everyone else responded. Find out if you're normal or more like me.

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Tire Safety Web Page

Jul 16, 2008
Our friends to the north in Canada have a nice page on tire safety that may be good for training or even some Off-the-Job training materials. There's lots of technical information presented inn a friendly manner and even fact sheets including one on Tire Inflation Facts: Proper tire inflation contributes to cleaner air, protects your family and saves you money, a perfect title for the newly GREEN and GAS PRICE battered drivers. Check it out at the links and at www.betiresmart.ca. Let us know what you find and how you use it or if you have any other links to share.

Welcome to Our Blog!

Jul 12, 2008

Alot has been going on at Complete Safety Solutions. There is a new assistant, new courses and services in the works, and right here, a new blog! We will be posting information and links concerning mining and construction safety… and some that are just plain fun. Join us here for safety news and ideas. Join in the conversation by posting a comment. Participate. Bookmark us.

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