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COAL MINE INSPECTION REPORT

MAPLE CREEK MINE
UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION
COAL OPERATIONS-RAW MATERIALS, FRICK DISTRICT

NEW EAGLE, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

March 30-31, 1970

by

James B, Shannon
Federal Coal Mine Inspector

INTRODUCTION

This report 18 based on an inspection made pursuant to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 (83 Stat, 742).

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Maple Creek mine at New Eagle, Washington County, Pennsylvania, is opened by 5 shafts, 3 drifts, and a slope into the Pittsburgh coalbed. Employment was provided for 734 persons, of whom 608 worked underground and 126 on the surface on 2 coal-producing and I maintenance shifts a day. The mine was operated 5 and 6 days a week. An average of 9,321 tons of processed coal was produced daily.

FEDERAL COAL MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT OF 1969

Notices

Violation - Section 75.516, The 440 a.c. power wire from the transformer to the distribution box in 40 room section 3 flat 2 nain was not installed on insulators. A Notice of Violation No. 8 was issued on March 30, 1970 on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated by 8 a.m. on March 31, and a Notice of Penalty No, 8 pertaining thereto was issued March 30. This violation was not totally abated in the time set, and a Notice No. 8 was issued on Form 104(0) Extension, extending the time for total abatement of the foregoing violation and in other sections in the mine to 8 a.m. on May 1, .

Violation - Section 75.518.

Short-circuit protection was not provided for lights used on the haulage road for illumination and block signals.. A Notice of Violation No. 7 was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(0) requiring that this violation be abated by 12:01 a,m. on May 1, and a Notice of Penalty No. 7 pertaining thereto, was issued March 30,

Violation - Section 25.601.

An automatic circuit breaker was not provided for the trailing cable of No. 5 11BU loading machine in 40 room 3 flat 2 main section. A Notice of violation No. 9 was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated by 8 a.m. on March 31, and a Notice of Penalty No. 9 pertaining thereto was issued March 30. This violation was not totally abated in the time set and a Notice No. '9 was, issued on Form 204(6) Extension, extending the time for total abatement of the foregoing violation and for the trailing cables of other directa current mining equipment in the mine to 8 a.m. on June 1, Violation - Section 75,1100-2(1).

Emergency firefighting supplies were not located within 2 miles of the
working sections in 2 main, A Notice of violation No. 10 was issued
March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated
by 8 a.m. on March 31, and a Notice of Penalty No, 10 pertaining
thereto was issued March 30. The violation was totally abated in the
prescribed time,
Violation - Section 75.1403-6(c).

No. 15 mine jitney (personnel carrier) was not provided with a lifting jack and bar. A Notice of Violation No. I was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated by 10:20 a.no on March 30, and a Notice of Penalty No. 1 pertaining thereto was issued March 30. The violation was totally abated in the prescribed time. Violation - Section 25.1403-6(e). No. 6 Portabus (personnel carrier) used to transport a number of men in excess of five to the 40 room section 3 flat 2 main was not equipped with sanding devices. A Notice of Violation No. 2 was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated by 12:01 a.m. May 1, and a Notice of Penalty No. 2 pertaining thereto was issued March 30,

Violation - Section 25.1404.

Haulage cars' used in the mine were not provided with automatic brakes.
A Notice of Violation No. 3 was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b)
requiring that this violation be abated by 8 aol, September 1, and a
Notice of Penalty No. 3 pertaining thereto was issued March 30.

Violation - Section 25.1712.

Sanitary toilet facilities were not provided in the 40 room section 3 flat 2 main section. A Notice of Violation No. 5 was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated by 8 am, on May 1, and a Notice of Penalty No. 5 pertaining thereto was issued ch 30. Violation - Section 25.1714.

One-hour self-rescuers or the equivalent were not provided for the workmen in 40 room 3 flat 2 main section, A Notice of Violation No. 4 was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated by 8 a.m. on March 31, and a Notice of Penalty No. 4 pertaining thereto was issued March 30. This violation was not totally abated in the time set, and a Notice No. 4 was issued on Form 104(0) Extension, extending the time for total abatement of the foregoing violation and for other employees in the mine to 8 a,m. June 1,

Violation - Section 25.1718,

Potable drinking water was not provided in sanitary containers in the 40 room 3 flat 2 main section. A Notice of Violation No. 6 was issued March 30, 1970, on Form 104(b) requiring that this violation be abated by 12:01 a.m. May 1, and a Notice of Penalty No. 6 pertaining thereto was issued March 30.

James B. Sherman

James B. Shannon
Federal Coal Mine Inspector

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COAL MINE INSPECTION REPORT

MAPLE CREEK MINE
UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION
COAL OPERATION S-RAW MATERIALS, FRICK DISTRICT

NEW EAGLE, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

December 3-5, 10-12, 15-19, 22-23, 1969

January 12-16, 19-23, and 25. 1970

by

Richard H. Reid
Federal Coal Mine Inspector

INTRODUCTION

This report is based on an inspection made in accordance with provisions of the Federal Coal Mine Safety Act (66 Stat, 692; 30 U.S.C. Secs, 451–483) as amended.

The numeral recorded after a section identification shows the number of consecutive repetitions of the hazard cited under the Code.

The operator and mine workers are parties to the National Bituminous Coal Wage Agreement which requires compliance with provisions of the Federal Mine Safety Code.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Maple Creek mine at New Eagle, Washington County, Pennsylvania, is opened by 5 shafts, 3 drifts, and a slope into the Pittsburgh coalbed, which averages 78 inches in thickness in the area being mined.

Since the last Federal inspection, Daniel Ashcraft, Monongahela,
Pennsylvania, has assumed the duties of Superintendent, and
Thomas C. Meneskie, Brownsville, Pennsylvania, has assumed the
duties of General Mine Foreman.

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Employment was provided for 721 persons, of whom 593 worked underground and 128 on the surface. The mine was operated on 2 coalproducing and 1 maintenance shifts a day, 5 and 6 days a week. An average of 9.663 tons of coal was produced daily. The life of the míne was estimated to be 59 years. The last Federal inspection was completed September 24, 1969. A spot-check inspection was made October 13.

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