Fatalgram: Miner in small vehicle run over by haul truck

Kerry Clines

August 24, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatalgram after a miner was run over by a haul truck. On July 27, 2017, the miner was fatally injured when his light-duty truck was run over by a haul truck. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. This incident occurred at the Asarco LLC – Mission/San Xavier/Eisenhower copper ore mine in Arizona, but it is the kind of accident that can occur in any mining operation that uses haul trucks.

Accident wreckage

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

  • Do not park smaller vehicles in a large truck’s potential path of movement.
  • Before moving mobile equipment, be certain no one is in the intended path; sound the horn to warn possible unseen persons; and wait to give them time to move to a safe location.
  • Ensure all persons are trained to recognize workplace hazards – specifically, the limited visibility and blind areas inherent to operation of large equipment and the hazard of mobile equipment traveling near them. 

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  • Establish procedures that require smaller vehicles to maintain a safe distance from large mobile equipment until eye contact is made or approval to move closer is obtained from the mobile equipment operator. Provide training on these procedures.
  • Install cameras and collision avoidance systems on large trucks to protect persons.
  • Regularly monitor work practices and reinforce their importance. Take immediate action to correct unsafe conditions or work practices.

This is the 7th fatality reported in calendar year 2017 for metal/non-metal mining and the 2nd Powered Haulage fatality.

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