Serious Accident - Loader Bucket Hits Worker

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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

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

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Heavy Equipment

A loader operator was filling a bin when the loaders bucket hit the upper body of a miner who entered the area unannounced. The miner was conscious and talking and was immediately transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Best Practice: Always make sure equipment operators see you before entering any area where mobile equipment is operated. If possible, make eye contact with the equipment operator. When moving to a different area, inform the equipment operator before leaving the area.

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