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Unstable ground fatally flips heavy vehicle operator

Dump truck fatality
Dump truck fatality

A volatile surface claimed the life of a mine worker.

Authorities recently examined what caused a haul truck to fatally overturn at an undisclosed operation on 22 May 2023.

“The edge of the bank at a dump point gave way. The haul truck landed on the roof of the cab,” the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration said in a safety alert.

The operator died at the scene.

Investigators made the following recommendations:

  • wear a seatbelt
  • clearly mark dump locations with reflectors and/or markers
  • install advanced systems that restrain employees during rollovers
  • conduct workplace and ground condition examinations before work begins
  • construct substantial berms as a visual indicator to prevent over travel
  • dump material from a safe location and push the material over the edge with a bulldozer
  • ensure dump locations on unconsolidated material are properly designed, constructed and maintained
  • never load material from the toe of a stockpile that is directly below an active dump point due to the risk of an over steepened and unstable slope.

Click here to download the full safety alert.

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