Fatalgram - Truck Driver Killed at Sand and Gravel Mine
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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration

Published As:  Public

Date: 

Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Heavy Equipment, Excavation

On April 17, 2014, a 58-year-old truck driver with 3 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel mine. An excavator was loading material in a haul truck parked at the pit. When the victim exited the truck, he was struck by the excavator bucket and pinned against the truck.

Best Practices:
  • 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.
  • Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and to understand
    safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards before beginning work.
  • Ensure that haul truck operators remain in their trucks when being loaded.
  • Communicate with mobile equipment operators and ensure they acknowledge your
    presence. Stay in the line of sight with mobile equipment operators.
  • Ensure that you make eye contact with mobile equipment operators before approaching
    their work areas. Never assume the equipment operator sees you.
  • Never place yourself in a location where equipment operators cant see you.

  • Before operating equipment, always ensure other miners are clear and safely
    positioned.
  • Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.

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