MSHA: high rate of mobile equipment fatalities

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has confirmed fatalities and accidents involving mobile equipment continue to occur at a disproportionate high rate. 
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / July 23, 2021
By Ben Spencer
Mine Safety and Health Administration fatalities accidents mobile equipment
The MSHA has issued best practices to help stop powered haulage accidents (Credit - MSHA)

The MSHA says this equipment includes shuttle cars, scoops, locomotives, front end loaders, haulage equipment, service and pickup trucks.

Best Practices: 

  • Know where in the workplace others are and communicate with them: use radios, mirrors, cameras, headlights, strobe warning lights, horns, and buggy-whip flags.  Stay clear of mobile equipment blind spots.
  • Set mobile equipment parking brakes and chock the wheels when vehicles are unattended:  Don’t stand, walk or work directly downhill of parked vehicles.  Stay clear of moving vehicles.
  • Establish safe traffic patterns and rules: post signage, ensure rules are followed, adhere to speed limits and approach intersections with caution.
  • Use proximity detection/collision avoidance systems.
  • Ensure that seat belts are maintained in good condition and worn at all times.
  • Ensure that conveyors are deenergised, locked, tagged and blocked against motion before removing guards or beginning work.
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