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~ Kathy


Saturday, April 4, 2009


The following information was taken from
the MSHA Safety Log Booklet

Pre-Operational Inspection
Checklists for Mobile Equipment:

[] Fluids and Lubricants

[] Hydraulic and Air Hoses

[] Frame

[] Pulleys and Belts

[] Fire Extinguisher

[] Tires, Rims, Linkage, U-Joints

[] Handholds, Ladders, Steps

[] Door Hinges and Latches


[] Mirrors Adjustment and Condition

[] Seat Belts Condition and Latching

[] Lights, Wipers and Gauges

[] Windshield and Cab Glass

[] Heater, Defroster, Air Conditioner

[] Reverse Alarm and Horn

[] Parking Brake

[] Service/Foot Brake

[] Steering

[] Housekeeping

Workplace Examination
Checklist for the Quarry Pit:

[] Roadways and Ramps

[] Traffic Control Signals

[] Berm Placement and Height

[] Haul Driver Hazard Training

[] Loading Site Controls

[] Dump Point Berms, Blocks and Signals

[] Highwall Hazard Assessment

[] Drilling and Blasting Operations

[] Explosives Storage

[] Noise and Dust Controls

[] Fail Protection on Highwalls

[] Sumps

Workplace Examination
Checklist for the Plant:

[] Hopper/Crusher Hazard Assessment

[] Emergency Stops

[] Elevated Walkways and Handrails

[] Access Steps and Ladders

[] Guards on Moving Machinery

[] Conveyor Roller Guards

[] Electrical Installations Condition

[] Lockout and Tagout Devices

[] Oxygen/Acetylene Equipment

[] Welding Equipment

[] Flammable/Combustible Liquid Storage

[] Warning Signs and Barricades

[] Start Up Alarms

[] Control Room Glass and Environment

[] Dust and Noise Controls

[] Personal Protective Equipment

[] First-Aid Equipment and Training

[] Emergency Phone Numbers

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