MSHA Alert: Dozer safety

Therese Dunphy

March 14, 2013

ftl2012m14The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released the investigation report on a Sept. 26, 2012, fatality at a construction sand and gravel site. The incident involved a 79-year old foreman who was killed when he was run over by the dozer he had been operating.

Keep in mind the following best practices when operating equipment:

  • Inspect equipment before placing it in operation for the shift.
  • Correct safety and operational defects on equipment in a timely manner to prevent the creation of a hazard to persons.
  • Establish safe work procedures and identify and remove hazards before beginning a task.
  • Prior to beginning work, ensure that persons are task-trained and understand the hazards associated with the work being performed. Know and follow safe work procedures before beginning repairs.
  • Block dozer against motion by lowering the blade and ripper to the ground and setting the parking brake. Set the transmission lock lever to ensure the transmission is in neutral.
  • Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task.
  • Monitor personnel routinely to determine that safe work procedures are followed.

To view the full accident report, click here.

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