MSHA’s Best Practices for Powered Haulage Safety

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.

Read more about the investigation report here.

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.

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