MSHA SAFETY ALERT
SPLICING CONVEYOR BELTS
Since January 26, 2017, there have been four miners fatally injured when performing
work around conveyor belts in underground coal mines. Two fatalities involved
miners crossing the belt and the third fatal occurred when a miner contacted a
moving drive roller for the section belt. Most recently, a miner, part of the mine’s
maintenance crew, was preparing to make a belt splice when the belt started up,
resulting in fatal injuries. Below are some best practices to follow when splicing a
installed them once the work is completed.
you will be restarting the belt.
procedures in your Part 48 refresher training. All employees must be trained on
these policies and procedures.