MSHA confirms eighth fatality in 2021

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a fatality alert after a miner was pinned between his haul truck and personal vehicle. 
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / May 10, 2021
By Ben Spencer
Mine Safety and Health Administration fatality alert 2021 haul truck best practices
The MSHA says this is the fourth fatality classified as 'powered haulage' (Credit - MSHA)

The MSHA says the miner stopped his haul truck in front of his personal vehicle to get his lunch. While standing and eating his lunch, the haul truck rolled forward. 

This is the eighth fatality reported in 2021, and the fourth classified as 'powered haulage', the administration adds. 

Best Practices: 

  • Do not leave mobile equipment unattended unless the controls are placed in the park position and the brake is set. Never use a steering column-mounted "dump brake" for parking.
  • When parking mobile equipment on a grade, chock the wheels or turn them into a bank. Maintain equipment braking systems in good repair and adjustment.
  • Position yourself in a safe location away from potential “danger-zone” areas.
  • Train miners to safely perform their tasks.


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