8 Ways to Avoid Fatal Accidents Around Mobile Equipment

April 28, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 2.29.40 PMAn accident involving a an excavator and haul truck at a sand and gravel mine has resulted in a fatality, according to an accident report released Monday by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The April 17, 2014 incident involved a 58-year-old truck driver with 3 1/2 years of experience who was killed when he exited the haul truck and was struck by an excavator bucket and pinned against the truck. The report notes that the excavator was loading material into the haul truck at the time of the accident.

MSHA recommends the following best practices for working around mobile equipment

  1. Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and use methods to properly protect persons.

  2. Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and to understand safe job procedures for eliminations of the hazards before beginning work.

  3. Ensure that haul truck operators remain in their trucks when being loaded.

  4. Communicate with mobile equipment operators and ensure they acknowledge your presence. Stay in the line of sight with mobile equipment operators.

  5. Ensure that you make eye contact with mobile equipment operators before approaching their work areas. Never assume the equipment operator sees you.

  6. Never place yourself in a location where equipment operators can’t see you.

  7. Before operating equipment, always ensure other miners are clear and safely positioned.

  8. monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.

The full accident investigation report is not yet available. For more information about this accident, click here.

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