The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Serious Accident Alert following an accident involving a water truck at a sand and gravel operation. On January 19, 2018, a water truck operator and passenger were seriously injured when their truck overturned. The truck tank was 3/4 full of water at the time of the accident, and the roadway was slightly uneven. Both miners were wearing their seat belts.
offers the following Best Practices to help prevent this type of accident:
- Maintain control of self-propelled mobile equipment while it is in motion.
- Post safe speed limits for the mine roads, and remind mobile equipment operators to reduce speed when weather conditions change.
- Always make complete and thorough pre-operational equipment checks that include braking systems and seat belts before operating equipment.
- Equipment seatbelts should be provided and used at all times during operation. Monitor employees regularly to ensure seat belts are worn when operating mobile equipment.
- Establish and maintain communications with all trucks and mobile equipment.
- Materials that make up road surfaces and road bases need to serve two functions: 1) provide adequate traction; and 2) provide support for the traffic without excessive sinking-in or rutting.