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MSHA Internal Audit Reports, 2010 Region 11 -- Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Table of Contents Bessemer, AL Field Office -- p 2

U.S. Department of Labor

Mine Safety and Health Administration 1100 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, Virginia 22209-3939

JUN- 2 2010
MEMORANDUM FOR GREGORY R. WAGNER, M.D. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Mine Safety and Health THROUGH:

.~~ PETER J. MONTALl Acting Director of Accountabilij for Mine Safety and Health
BILLYRANDOLPH Acting Accountability

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SUBJECT:

(b) (6)

MSHA Office of Accountability Audit, Coal District 11, Bessemer, (b) • Alabama Field Office, • (6) •

Introduction

This memorandum summarizes the Office of Accountability audit of the subject field office and mine. Audit subjects included MSHA field activities, level of enforcement, Field Activity Reviews (FARs), Accompanied Activities (AAs), MSHA supervisory and managerial oversight, mine plans, and the conditions and practices at the mine. The audit was by Billy Randolph and Peter J. Montali, during the weeks o (b) (6) (b) (6) iiiiill . Positive findings and issues requiring attention are included in this audit

Overview
(b) (6) (b) (6) (b) (b) (6) (b) (6) (b) (b) (6)

and the on-site portion of the . Accompanying the audit

On-site areas examined included the working section, main line belt conveyor, mantrips, dewatering screens, and the area around the shaft bottom.

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S&S Rate Comparison S&S rates for the Bessemer field office are equal to the district and slightly below the national levels for FY 2009 as well as to-date in FY 2010. S&S Rate Com~arison Bessemer Field District 11 Office 33% 33% 29% 29%

Fiscal Year 2009 2010

National Average 35% 34%

Time and Activity Comparison Time distribution for E01 inspections conducted out of the Bessemer, Alabama field office during FY 2009 and FY201 0, is good, with on-site times consistently higher than the national average, and time in the "other'' category consistently lower than the national average. Time Distribution (Percent) - E01 lns_pectlons at Surface Facilities Citations Citations Total Total Issued Issued Other Travel Percent On-Site On-site Off-site 15.75 5.06% 0.00% 100.0% 16.86% 67.39% % 17.46 0.21% 100.0% 16.63% 65.69% 5.45% % 14.57 100.0% 0.00% 3.47% 15.85% 69.58% % 16.45 100.0% 0.47% 4.62% 17.23% 65.85% % Time Distribution jPercent) - E01 Inspections at Surface Mines Citations Citations Total Total Other Issued Issued Travel Percent On-Site On-site Off-site 0.04% 100.0% 3.94% 19.60% 12.02 68.34% % 0.37% 100.0% 5.02% 18.43% 15.35 65.85% % 2.60% 0.05% 100.0% 19.42% 12.64 67.89% % 100.0% 0.49% 4.42% 18.15% 13.92 67.44% %

2009
Nat'l Avg 2009

2010
Nat'l Avg 2010

2009
Nat'l Avg 2009

2010
Nat'l Avg 2010

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Time Distribution (Percent) - E01 Inspections at Underground Mines Citations Citations Total Total Travel Other Issued Issued On-Site Percent On-site Off-site

2009
Nat'l Avg 2009

17.92% 15.19% 19.06% 15.63%

2010
Nat'l Avg 2010

12.26 69.54% % 17.53 66.87% % 12.48 67.90% % 16.07 67.88% %

5.75% 5.98% 5.74% 5.71%

0.28% 0.41% 0.56% 0.42%

100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Audit Results The audit revealed positive findings in several areas, including the following: 1. All violations observed by the inspector were cited 2. Wrth the exception of the Uniform Mine Files, all field office files reviewed were well organized and easily accessible. 3. Termination time for citations appeared to be adequate. 4. Attitude of the Field Inspectors seamed to reflect that compliance is important. The audit also revealed several issues that require corrective actions, including the following: 1. The Uniform Mine Files were not being maintained as per the Uniform Mine File handbook. 2. During the audit, the inspector was observed using the company's test equipment (Pitot tube and Magnahelic Guage) instead of the Agency's equipment. Equipment that is owned and properly maintained by MSHA should be used by inspection personnel. 3. Inspector notes did not always contain sufficient documentation regarding the degree of operator negligence. (Example: The inspector documented that the section foreman "probably knew" of the violation's existence, but this could not be proven. The inspector indicated however, that if the foreman did not know he should have known). Negligence could have been better documented by describing why the agent had a reason to know. The inspector could have established the presence of the agent by describing his normal work or travel area. 4. There appears to be a conflict of interest as defined in Administrative Information (b) Bulletin No.
(b) (6) (b) (6)

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Attachments

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Office of Accountability Checklist with comments, recommendations, and references Citations/Orders issued during this audit

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3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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75.202(a) 75.11 00-2(e) 75.19100) 75.1911 (a)(4) 75.400 75.400 75.1911(a)(4) 75.400 75.400 75.360(g) 75.220(a)(1) 75.507-1(a) 75.507-1(a) 75.333(c)(3) 75.380(d)(7)(iv) 75.333(d)(3)

Enforcement actions with questionable evaluations

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Adequate

Evaluate supervisory review of inspection reports and documentation for completeness.

D

Inadequate

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Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Citation documentation and body of citation did not always support or agree with the narrative in the citation regarding the hazard/ violation cited as to injuries that are expected to result.

See Attachment C

2.
Adequate

Determine if supervisors address report deficiencies immediately

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Interviews indicated that observed deficiencies were corrected. However, not all deficiencies were identified. See Attachment C

3.
Adequate

Determine if supervisors are visiting each assigned mine at least annually

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

The mine visit spreadsheet (completed by the district) indicates one or more of the following: (b) 1)only conducted 14 of the required 24 annual mine visits during FY 2009; (6) (b) 2) ~ conducted only 4 of the required 12 annual mine visits in FY 2009; (6) r: conducted 40 of the required 48 annual mine visits; 3) Bessema(b); (6) 4) The mine visit spreadsheet is not being kept up to date.

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Adequate

Evaluate the quality of Field Activity Review reports (FARs)

D

Inadequate

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Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

During this audit, 18 Field Activity Reviews were examined. Of these, 8 contained little or no constructive criticism or other comments, 8 contained adequate documentation of inspector actions, and 2 contained excellent documentation of both deficiencies and extraordinary efforts by the inspector

5.

In addition to the aforementioned issues, it was determined during this audit that a potential I II conflict of interest exists(b)I (6)

(b) (6)

(b) (6)

Action Required - Since there are two work groups in the Bessemer, Alabama field office, either person could be transferred to the opposite field office workgroup to remove this potential conflict of interest. Reference -Administrative Information Bulletin (AlB) No. AOB-12

Determine if supervisors/managers are identifying and addressing performance or behavior based issues during and after accompanied inspections are conducted

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

No performance or behavioral based issues were identified during the AAs.

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Adequate

Evaluate the quality of Accompanied Inspections

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D

Comments Below

During this audit, 9 Accompanied Activities were examined. Of these, 2 contained little or no constructive criticism or other comments, 6 contained adequate documentation of inspector actions, and 1 contained excellent documentation of both deficiencies and extraordinary efforts by the inspector

7. Adequate

Determine if supervisors are thoroughly reviewing mine files at least annually

D

Inadequate ~

Not Applicable

0

Comments Below

Mine file reviews were inadequate. Items missing from the Uniform Mine File included the mine file retention schedule (MSHA Form 2000-166), a current dust control plans for mechanized mining units, a review of the mine ventilation and roof control plan (MSHA Form 2000-204), an appraisal of the dust control plan (MSHA Form 2000-86), and copies of designated occupation change notices (MSHA Form 2000-96). In addition, there were no 10l(c) Petitions for Modification in the UMF. (See Item# 81 also)

Required Action: The Unifonn Mine File must be kept up to date and complete to enable the inspector to determine plan requirements. Reference: Uniform Mine File Procedures Handbook (PH09-V-01

8. Adequate

Determine if Assistant District Manager is holding supervisor accountable for general mine visits, FARs, and accompanied activities

D

Inadequate ~

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

See Items 3, 4, and 6 above, regarding mine visits, Field Activity Reviews, and Accompanied Activities.

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9. Adequate

Determine if District Manager is using Performance Management System to hold ADMs accountable for oversight of subordinates

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

During this audit, a total of 27 FARs and AAs were examined. Of these, 10 contained little or no comments or constructive criticism. In addition, it was determined that a potential conflict of interest exists. See Items 2, 3, 4, and 6.

11.
Adequate

Determine if ADMs and DMs are visiting mines with poor compliance at least monthly

0

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Mine visit spreadsheet indicates the DM and ADM did visit mines with compliance issues.

14. Adequate

Evaluate supervisory and management review of 103(i) (spot inspection) tracking system for compliance with time frames

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

103(i) inspections conducted in FY 2009 were often conducted on the same day of the week for two or more subsequent weeks. During FY 2009, there were 18 instances when 103(i) (b)11 1 1 inspections were conducted on consecutive Mondays or Tuesdays, etc. at thei1 1(6)1 (b) - (6) . Only 7% of the 103(i) inspections were conducted on Fridays, 4% were conducted on Sundays, and no 103(i) inspections were conducted on Saturdays during FY 2009.

15. Adequate

Determine if supervisors and managers are ensuring that 103(i) inspections are not combined with any other type of inspection

0

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Inspection data indicates that 103(i) inspections are not being combined with any other type of inspection

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17. Adequate

Determine if supervisors are monitoring inspector time and activity documentation to ensure proper use of time by inspector

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

18.
Adequate

Determine if Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are in place, current, and in compliance with MSHA policies and procedures

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Conunents Below x

Not reviewed during this audit

19. Adequate

Determine if supervisors are using the Performance Management System to hold inspectors accountable for properly evaluating gravity and negligence, termination due dates, and timely termination of citations

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

A review of previous inspections indicated questionable evaluations of gravity, negligence, and level of enforcement.

See Attachment C

20. Adequate

Determine if supervisors are adequately evaluating the level of enforcement by visiting each producing mine

D

Inadequate ~

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

See Items 3, 4, 6, and 11 above. While it appears
(b) (6) compliance problems,number of mine visits.

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did not conduct the required

21. Adequate

Determine if District Manager is monitoring the ACRI program and using the Performance Management System to ensure that CLRs justify changes

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit.

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22. Adequate

Determine if District Manager is using discretion in granting conferences

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit.

23.

Determine if second level reviews and Peer Reviews are used to assess supervisory review of enforcement actions Adequate Inadequate Not Applicable Comments Below

0

D

D

24.

Determine if appropriate actions are taken by supervisors and manager with respect to issues of misconduct and/ or poor performance

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

No instances of misconduct or poor performance were found during this audit.

25.

Evaluate inspector/ specialist knowledge of documentation required and process for completing PKW Forms.

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit

26.

Evaluate the district's process for performing Possible Knowing/Willful (PKW) reviews and initiating or denying special investigations Comments Below x Adequate Inadequate Not Applicable

D

D

D

Not reviewed during this audit.

27. Adequate

Determine if District Manager is using Performance Management System to hold the Supervisory Special Investigator accountable for properly evaluating potential cases

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit
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Determine if managers and supervisors are using required "standardized reports" to review critical data relevant to inspections and investigations Inadequate Not Applicable Comments Below Adequate ~

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29.

Determine if complete and thorough inspections are being conducted and adequately documented

Adequate

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Documentation indicates complete inspections

30 . Adequate

Determine if inspection notes, air samples, rock dust samples, and tracking map/ diagram support the inspector's assertion that the mine was inspected in its entirety

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

31. Adequate

Determine that the inspector spent sufficient time on off-shifts and on weekends

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

32.

Determine if the SCSR inventory database has been implemented to track inspections of SCSRs Comments Below X Adequate Inadequate Not Applicable

D

D

D

Not reviewed during the audit.

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33. Adequate

Determine if areas deemed "too wet" for rock dust surveys are re-visited and sampled

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Not reviewed during the audit.

34. Adequate

Determine if all mine record books, postings, and other required materials are examined during ~e inspection

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

36. Adequate

Determine if the amount of time expended on each inspection activity and area of the mine is sufficient to accomplish inspection goals

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

37. Adequate

Evaluate each citation/ orderI safeguard for inspector's determination of gravity, negligence, number of persons affected, and the level of enforcement

D

Inadequate

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Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

See Attachment C

38.

Accompany and evaluate inspector's imminent danger run

Adequate

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

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Check adequacy of preshift/ onshift examinations

Adequate
(b) (6)

D

Inadequate
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Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

did not enter the results of the examination of his pre-shift examination.

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40. Adequate

Evaluate inspector's observation of roof conditions. Is a copy of the currently approved roof control plan maintained on the section?

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

41.

Evaluate operator's workplace examinations

Adequate

D

Inadequate

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Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Citations were issued during the audit.

See Attachment B

42.

Evaluate conditions on working section.

Adequate

Q

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

43.

Observe air quantity, quality, and gas checks by inspector

Adequate

D

Inadequate

Q

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Inspector did not have proper equipment (Pitot Tube and Magnahelic Gauge) to measure the air volume on working section. Inspector borrowed the operators equipment to obtain an air reading.
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Determine adequacy of Emergency Response Plan training (interview miners)

Adequate

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Interviews with miners indicate the primary escapeway is routed to an air shaft that is equipped with a "man basket." The alternate escapeway is routed to the main elevator at a main intake airshaft. Interviews also indicated that examiners are not riding the man-basket, but are conducting a "simulated" run. Although the smaller escape hoist is closer to the working sections, it is not the most practical method for evacuating underground workers. The round-trip time (from mine to surface and back) for the man basket is 45 minutes. Based on the capacity of the man basket, the estimated evacuation time for approximately 50 miners is approximately 7.5 hours.

45. Adequate

Determine adequacy of training regarding roof, ventilation, and other plans (interview miners). Do inspection notes document evaluation of this type training?

0

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

46.

Evaluate Self-Contained, Self-Rescuer condition, storage, signage

Adequate

0

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

47. Adequate

Determine if the mine operator has conducted SCSR donning expectation training and if the inspector has observed and evaluated the training

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below X

Not reviewed during this audit.

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48. Adequate

Examine electrical cables on several pieces of equipment

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

49. Adequate

Evaluate several pieces of equipment for permissibility

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit.

50. Adequate

Examine lifelines, mandoors, and related signage

D

Inadequate

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(6)

D

Comments Below

(b) Citations issued during audit. See Attachment B-Cit # ' s -

51. Adequate

Examine escapeway map for compliance with regulations

D

Inadequate

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Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

See Item 44 above.

52. Adequate

Evaluate integrity of primary and alternate escapeways

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

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53. Adequate

Evaluate integrity of return side stopping line

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below X

No checked during the audit.

54.

Travel and evaluate condition and maintenance of section conveyor belt, structures, and entries

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit

55. Adequate

Evaluate conveyor belt isolation from other air courses

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Citations issued for failure to separate belt conveyor air from intake air. See Attachment B

56.

Evaluate fire valves and hoses (condition, compatibility of fittings, pressure test)

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit

57.

Observe and evaluate fire detection methods

Adequate

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Checked the CO monitoring system at the control room.

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58.

Evaluate cleanup of accumulations and application of rock dust

Adequate

D

Inadequate

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D

Comments Below

Citations issued during audit. See Attachment B

59. Adequate

Evaluate condition of conveyor belt drives, and fire suppression systems

0

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit

60.

Determine if all required record books are adequately completed and in compliance with applicable standards

Adequate

D

Inadequate ~

Not Applicable

0

Comments Below

Citations issued during audit for failure to sign record books. See Attachment B

61. Adequate

Examine mine map for accuracy of workings and escapeway locations

0

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Map at the mine appeared accurate. Mine map maintained at the field office was wellmaintained, with notations by inspectors to keep it up to date with regard to the location of the working sections.

62. Adequate

Examine mine bulletin board and evaluate adequacy of all required postings

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

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63.

Interview responsible person(s) and evaluate knowledge of emergency response, evacuation procedures, and fire fighting processes

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit

64. Adequate

Determine if approved plans address and are compatible with mining conditions and equipment

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

At the time of the audit, the field office had forwarded recommended changes to the roof control plan to address corner/rib bolting. The district office was reviewing those recommendations.

65. Adequate

Examine and evaluate at least one set of seals, including methods for obtaining samples from sealed area

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below X

Observed seal construction but the plan was not available to determine if the seals were being constructed in accordance to the approved plan. Inspector will need to follow-up and revisit the area to determine proper construction of the seals.
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66.

Determine if districts are conducting sufficient, in-depth Peer Reviews

Adequate

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

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Determine if MSHA headquarters is conducting sufficient, in-depth Peer Reviews

Adequate

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Inadequate

D

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D

Comments Below

68 . Adequate

Determine if Peer Reviews identify root causes of deficiencies, corrective actions, set time lines for corrections, and identify a method for accurately measuring the success or failure of corrective actions.

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

70. Adequate

Determine if Peer Reviews include a visit to the mine, and include observation of the producing section, conveyor belt entries, escapeways and the ERP provisions

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

0

Comments Below x

Although the Peer Review conducted by the district did include a visit to a mine, it was a surface lignite mine.

72. Adequate

Determine if approved plans and the Uniform Mine File books are addressed during each Peer Review

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

0

Comments Below

Issues with the UMF were identified in the Peer Review\

73.

Evaluate the approved roof control plan after in-mine visit

Adequate

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

See Item 64 above.

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74. Adequate

Evaluate approved ventilation plan after in-mine visit

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D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

75.

Evaluate approved training plan after discussion with miners

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Not reviewed during this audit.

77.

Evaluate the two most current completed EOl (regular) inspection reports (two quarters)

Adequate

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Although only one EOl report was reviewed due to the size of the reports, there were issues with determination of gravity, negligence, and documentation of the violation. See Items 1 and 2 above, and Attachment C.

78.

Ten most current completed E02 (103(i) spot) inspection reports

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below X

103(i) inspection reports were not reviewed

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Citations, orders, and safeguards issued during previous two quarters

Adequate

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

See Attachment C

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Bessemer, AL

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80. Adequate

Determine if 104(d) tracking system is in place at the office being audited, and is being kept up to date

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Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

81. Adequate

Determine if all plans and documents in the Uniform Mine File are legible, and up to date

D

Inadequate

5J

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

The Uniform Mine File did not contain the following items: A mine file retention schedule (MSHA Form 2000-166) The current dust control plans for mechanized mining units A review of the mine ventilation and roof control plan (MSHA Form 2000-204) An appraisal of the dust control plan (MSHA Form 2000-86) Copies of designated occupation change notices (MSHA Form 2000-96) In addition to the aforementioned issues there were no 10l(c) Petitions for Modification in the Uniform Mine File although the district office acknowledged the mine has 11 Petitions in effect.

Required Action: The Uniform Mine File must be kept up to date and complete to enable the inspector to determine plan requirements. Reference: Uniform Mine File Procedures Handbook (PH09-V-01

82. Adequate

Determine if all applicable plan reviews were performed within six months, or within the timeframes required

5J

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Attachment A

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United States Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration Office of Accountability Disbict Disbict 11

I Field Office I

Bessemer, AL

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Mine 10

(b) ~ (6)

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Date

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83. Adequate

Determine if plan review and approval process provides reasonable assurance that miners are protected.

5J

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

85. Adequate

Determine if miners are adequately trained in the provisions of any new plan prior to its implementation

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Did not have the opportunity to review

87. Adequate

Determine if district management reviewed the final version of all approved plans

5]

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

88. Adequate

Determine if time frames for approval/ disapproval of plans were set, and are being met

5J

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

89. Adequate

Determine if the plan is tracked from date of submission through the review process

5J

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below x

Attachment A

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United States Deparbnent of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration Office of Accountability District District 11

I Field Office I

Bessemer, AL

MineiD

(b) (6)
] Date

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(b)

90. Adequate

Determine if dated copy of approval/ disapproval letter is in file

Q

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

92.

Determine if a copy of the most recent plan is provided for inclusion in the Uniform Mine File

Adequate

D

Inadequate

Q

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

See Item 81 above

93. Adequate

Determine if a due date for formal review of plans is identified

Q ·

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

94. Adequate

Determine if required information is submitted in the plan

Q

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

96.

Determine if comments from miner's representatives are addressed

Adequate

D
(b) (6)

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Interview The roof ronT'"''"'

indicated that his comments were taken seriously. in the process of being revised during the audit.

98.

Determine if proposed plans are evaluated for provisions contrary to standards or regulations

Adequate

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

Q

Comments Below

Attachment A

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United States Department of Labor

Mine Safety and Health Administration
Office of Accountability Disbict r--:D:::--,is-bi-.c-t-11--,l Field Office

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Bessemer, AL

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Mine ID

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(b) (6)

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Date

L(b) (6)

99. Adequate

Determine if the uniform mine file is reviewed for information related to plan adequacy

D

Inadequate

0

Not Applicable

0

Comments Below

Reviews are being done. However, see Items 7, 64, and 81 above regarding the lack of content in the UMF.

101. Adequate

Determine if technical specialists conduct on-site, in-mine reviews as necessary, prior to plan approval Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

An in-mine review of the roof control plan was being conducted during this audit.

102. Adequate

Determine if input is solicited from field office inspectors/ supervisors, and recommendations are addressed prior to approval Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

105. Adequate

Determine if the plan review process includes documentation of the entire review process Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

111. Adequate

Determine if plans contain required safety precautions for operating remote controlled equipment Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

0

Comments Below

Attachment A

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United States Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration Office of Accountability District ,----,D::-is-tr-ict-11--,l Field Office

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Bessemer, AL

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Mine 10

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112. Adequate

Determine if the plan describes methods for protecting persons from falling material at highwalls and drift openings

D

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

Q

Comments Below

118. Adequate

Determine if inspectors have sufficient equipment and supplies to conduct thorough inspections.

D

Inadequate

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Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Seeitem#43

119. Adequate

Determine if adequate close-out conferences are being conducted at the end of each inspection.

0

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Notes from the previous inspection indicated that daily and final close out conferences are being held and are adequate. The inspection conducted during this audit was still on-going and a final close out conference was not observed.

121. Adequate

Determine if manpower at the field office is sufficient to ensure adequate, complete inspections, investigations, and other activities.

Q

Inadequate

D

Not Applicable

D

Comments Below

Attachment A

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..Loc;•~;.aca on Tru c/n 2725 are not secured nor insulated with flame resistant material treated to resist chemical reaction to electrolyte. This insulation being on the battery terminal connections •

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District

Districtll

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Bessemer, AL

Mine ID

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Date

(b) (6)

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(b) (6) (b) (6) (b) (6)

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The fire suppression nozzle at the front of the engine campartnent on the off operator's side is not protected !rom foreign material, such as mud, coal dust, and rock dust from enterin; the opening. It is observed that the nozzle is packed with dry mud. This condition is found on the Lee Tram c/n 2725.

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District District 11

Field Office

Bessemer, AL

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Mine 10

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that continued inadequate pre-operational check• and hazards found on mobile diesel equipment will result in elevated enforcement.

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Attachment B

28

United States Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration Office of Accountability

District

Districtll

Field Office

Bessemer, AL

I

Mine ID

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(b) (6)

Date

(b) (6)

J

(b) (6) (b) (6) (b) (6)

(b) (6)

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Loose coal and coal fines have been ••.Lg'r•Q Belt Sump area alon9 the sides of th• sump. These accumulations are up to 6 inches deep and extend for approximately 100 f . .t. These accumulations are damp to wet in nature.

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Attachment B

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United States Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration Office of Accountability District District 11 Field Office Bessemer, AL

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