January 24, 2014
Earlier this week, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released it’s investigation report on a June 13, 2013, fatality at a crushed and broken stone mine involving a haul truck accident.
In it’s report, MSHA notes that a lack of routine maintenance on the truck’s braking systems and the victim’s failure to wear a seat belt were among causes of the accident.
MSHA offers the following best practices to prevent powered haulage accidents:
Always wear a seat belt when operating self-propelled mobile equipment.
Do not operate mobile equipment with reported brake problems. Use other means to move the mobile equipment to a safe area for inspection and repair.
Ensure that mobile equipment operators are task trained adequately in all phases of mobile equipment operation, including mobile equipment’s capabilities, operating ranges, load-limits and safety features, before operating mobile equipment.
Maintain equipment steering and braking systems in good repair and adjustment. Always follow the manufacturer’s service and maintenance schedules.
Never rely on engine brakes and transmission retarders as substitutes for keeping brakes properly maintained.
Conduct adequate pre-operational checks to ensure the service brakes will stop and hold the mobile equipment prior to operating.
Operators of self-propelled mobile equipment shall maintain control of the equipment while it is in motion.
Operating speeds shall be consistent with conditions of roadways, tracks, grades, clearance, visibility, curves, and traffic.
Do not attempt to exit or jump from moving mobile equipment.
For more information about powered haulage safety, click here.