Close Call Alert: Haul truck hits occupied vehicle in pit loading area

Kerry Clines

July 13, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Close Call Alert following an incident involving a haul truck and an occupied vehicle. On June 19, 2017, a haul truck driver with six weeks of experience drove into the pit loading area and waited to be loaded. The driver stopped approximately 30 feet from where a supervisor had parked his van while giving instructions to excavator operators in the area. The supervisor returned to his van at the same time the loader operator sounded the horn to notify the truck driver to move the haul truck into position for loading. The truck driver drove forward, striking and pushing the supervisor’s van approximately 30-40 feet. Luckily, the supervisor was able to escape through a window and was not injured.

MSHA offers the following Best Practices to help prevent this type of accident:

  • Equip smaller vehicles with flags or strobe lights positioned high enough to be seen from the cabs of haulage trucks.
  • Before moving mobile equipment, be certain no one is in the intended drive path, sound the horn to warn unseen persons, and wait to allow them time to move to a safe location.
  • Ensure all persons are trained to recognize work place hazards, specifically limited visibility and blind areas inherent to operation of large equipment, and the hazard of passenger vehicles traveling near heavy equipment. 

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  • Do not become distracted by using a cell phone to text or call while operating equipment.

 

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