The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatalgram following the death of a truck driver at a construction sand and gravel plant. On March 14, 2017, an independent owner/operator truck driver was engulfed by sand when he walked behind his raised end-dump trailer while dumping his load at Trinity Industries’ Cottonwood #1204 plant in Texas.
MSHA offers the following Best Practices to help prevent this type of accident:
- Conduct pre-operational checks to identify any defects that may affect the safe operation of equipment before it is placed into service.
- Ensure workers who operate heavy equipment are adequately informed, instructed, trained, and supervised.
- Do not position yourself near a truck that is actively dumping, or near a truck while it is raising its bed.
- Ensure that the tailgate is unlocked before elevating the cargo box to the dump position.
- Do not attempt to dump the material if it sticks in the bed. Stuck material can imbalance the load and affect the stability of the truck. Always deflate trailer air springs prior to raising the dump body.
This is the second fatality reported in 2017 in metal/non-metal mining, and the first fatality from Fall of Material.